CONCORD — More than one in 10 adolescents have a depressive disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
As a child gets older, the risk of depression increases. To help parents understand the mental wellness issues of teenagers and provide them with guidance on seeking mental health services for their children, the Emerson Hospital Integrative Health & Wellness Center is offering a free series with Steve and Deb Boczenowski, founders of Teenage Anxiety and Depression Solutions.
The series, “Removing Obstacles to Help and Treatment,” is comprised of three sessions. Participants can choose to attend one, two or all three sessions. Each of the sessions concludes with a question and answer period with mental health professionals.
The sessions will be held at the Emerson Hospital Integrative Health & Wellness Center, located at 310 Baker Ave. in Concord, on the following evenings:
* Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7:15-8:45 p.m.
An overview of mental-health issues in young people. This evening will include pointers for engaging in effective communication with children.
* Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:15-8:45 p.m.
A discussion of self-destructive coping, such as self-injury and substance abuse, and how depression and anxiety are treated.
* Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:15-8:45 p.m.
Discover how to get mental-health care for children. Includes an explanation of treatment, what to expect when treatment begins and pointers on speaking with the clinician.
To register, call 978-287-3777.