Teen Depression Through 3 Lenses:
Young Adult, Parent, Clinician

A Free Webinar For Teens, Parents, Teachers, School Counselors and Staff, Youth Workers, and Anyone Interested in Teen Mental Health

Teen Depression Webinar

Aired on March 1, 2016

We apologize to those who had technical issues and were unable to access the program on March 1. The link has been corrected and you can now watch at your convenience.

The webinar features

  • Dr. Mary Fristad, an expert in teen depression
  • Emma, a young adult who has struggled with depression and has found great support from her family
  • David, Emma's father
  • Sheila, who has supported sons with depression, one of whom died by suicide


Why is teen depression an important issue?

  • At least half of all cases of depression begin by age 14
  • 20% of young adults will have experienced depression during their teen years
  • More than 85% of teens improve with appropriate treatment
  • Untreated depression can lead to substance abuse, self-harm, and in some cases, suicide.

During the webinar, you'll hear about how to
  • recognize depression in teens
  • talk to teens about depression
  • get help for a struggling teen
  • address challenges such as the refusal of help.

After you watch the webinar, complete our online evaluation and we’ll send you a free set of Depression and Bipolar Wellness Guides for Parents and Teens, in English or Spanish.

About our Presenters:

Dr. Mary Fristad presents Teen Depression webinar on March 1, 2016

Mary Fristad, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Human Nutrition at the Ohio State University and the Director of Research and Psychological Services in the OSU Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her area of specialty is childhood mood disorders.

Emma, FFDA Teen Speakers ProgramEmma, a speaker in the Families for Depression Awareness Teen Depression program, is a sophomore in college in the Boston area. She has depression but is doing well now, thanks to good treatment and a supportive family.

David, Emma's Dad, in FFDA Teen Depression WebinarDavid, Emma's father - along with the rest of her family - have walked along side her through some very difficult times. David shares his perspective on providing support to a struggling teen. 


Sheila and AndrewSheila, the mother of another young adult in our Teen Speakers program, has supported her children with depression and survived the loss of her son, Andrew, to suicide. She is a proponent of depression education for parents of teens.  


After you watch the webinar, take our survey to receive a free set of Depression and Bipolar Wellness Guides for Parents and Teens 

Download our Action Plan template  

Download the Teen Depression Webinar Group Discussion Materials   

Download the transcript of the March 1 webinar

Watch the teen videos


Want to do more and help others learn about teen depression?


Twenty percent of teens will suffer from depression by the end of their teenage years, and suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among those aged 15-24. What can you do?

You can facilitate a Teen Depression Workshop in your own community. Click to learn more about and order a copy of our Teen Depression Workshop.

Special thanks to our current Teen Depression Program funders:

George Harrington Trust
Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation
TJX Foundation
Rebecca Pomroy Foundation
Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation
John Donnelly Trust
Hart Foundation
Samerian Foundation
Bennett Family Foundation
Foundation for MetroWest




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