Mayo offers free mental health webinar in response to rising depression and anxiety

Mayo Clinic Health System will present a free webinar, “Empowering Families: Strengthening Youth Mental Health”, in response to the increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression in people since the pandemic.

Janice Schreier, a clinical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, will present the webinar on September 14 from 6-7 p.m. This webinar will offer a combination of life skills that, when practiced by parents and their children, can have a therapeutic impact on the mental health of young people. Families can register for the webinar on the Mayo Clinic Health System website.

Teenage mental health issues were on the rise before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now medical professionals are seeing clinically elevated symptoms of depression and anxiety at twice the rate of pre-pandemic levels. Last fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the Association of Children’s Hospitals, declared a national child and adolescent mental health emergency.

The Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention warns of an accelerating mental health crisis among teens, with more than 4 in 10 teens saying they feel “constantly sad or hopeless” and 1 in 5 saying they have considered suicide.

“The good news is that there are effective treatments for depression and anxiety, and family members can play a key role in helping their children take advantage of treatment recommendations to reduce and manage symptoms,” says Schreier. “Together, parents and young people can learn more about managing depression, anger and anxiety. We’re going to talk about effective, tested methods of managing mental health symptoms that kids can take action right away for their health, with support from family members.

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