Families for Depression Awareness’ Teen Speakers Program is growing and participants are making an impact with their peers!
Our Teen Speakers Program provides teens and young adults (ages 15-25) with opportunities to share their stories of living with depression or bipolar disorder. Through these events, they dispel misconceptions about people affected by mood disorders, alleviate the social stigma around mental health issues, and encourage help-seeking by those who may be having difficulties. As an added bonus, our Teen Speakers credit the program with supporting their own wellness by helping others.
Recent and upcoming Teen Speakers events include
- presentations for students at Newton North High School and for parents at the Just Think Expo
- a panel discussion for students and parents in Winchester
- a program at the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association conference in Westborough
- a presentation for students at the Regis College School of Nursing
- a program for students at the Bristol-Plymouth Regional High School
- presentations for high school students in Billerica
Kendra Taylor, Teen Depression Program Coordinator, works with these volunteers to craft their story, help them with public speaking, and support them in building their peer-to-peer community. “I’m excited to be training new Teen Speaker volunteers so they can use their stories to help others! I look forward to bringing our Speakers to communities throughout Massachusetts so more youth will get the help they need to be mentally well.”
Interested in becoming a Teen Speaker? Fill out a volunteer form.
Interested in booking a Teen Speakers event in Massachusetts? Fill out a speaker request form.
Outside of Massachusetts but want us to help you share your story? Fill out a volunteer form.