March’s Youth Ministry Initiative Lecture

March 9, 2015

Dr. Nadja Reilly and Kate Hyde were the speakers at this month’s Youth Ministry Initiative Lecture. Dr. Reilly is the Associate Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) and directed the Swensrud Depression Prevention Initiative (SDPI) at Boston Children’s Hospital . Kate Hyde is the Lead Collaborator for the YMI Zoe Project and provides individual, group, and family psychotherapy through a school-based health center in Connecticut. While both were working at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University with SDPI, their team developed the renowned “Break Free from Depression Program.”

Their lecture was titled Nurturing the Emotional Lives of Adolescents: Identifying and Ministering to Youth at Risk for Depression.

Approximately 1 out of 5 adolescents will struggle with depression before the age of 24. Youth ministers are critical sources of early identification and support for adolescents dealing with mental illness. During this lecture, participants will learn about adolescent depression, how to identify symptoms, and how to access services. We will also discuss how to foster open communication and healthy coping in support of a flourishing life.

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