Next Generation Mental Health Symposium: Bullying and Mental Health
May 29 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join Hope for Depression Research Foundation, the leading non-profit dedicated solely to advanced depression research, for an urgent mental health conversation.
At a time of rising depression and suicide rates among our nation’s youth, this program is designed to educate adults and teens on the nature of children’s mental health issues and how to access help. It aims to increase understanding and awareness and reduce stigma attached to mental illness.
“Children who have been bullied are six times more likely to develop depression and two times more likely to develop anxiety,” said HDRF Executive Director Louisa Benton, who will moderate the panel. She pointed to a 37% rise in depression rates in teens, and a 70% rise in youth suicide since 2006.
Actor and advocate Jeff Lima will participate in the discussion with a personal account of his own experience with extreme bullying while growing up in Spanish Harlem, NYC.
All panelists will discuss issues relevant to bullying and victimization including immediate and long-term effects on health and quality of life, and bullying prevention and effective interventions.