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Christoph Anacker, Erinn Beck, Wei-Li Chang, Anthony Trcuks, Julissa Gonzalez, Imad Mawass,Louisa Benton. Photo by: Capehart Photography
Christoph Anacker, Erinn Beck, Wei-Li Chang, Anthony Trcuks, Julissa Gonzalez,
 Imad Mawass,Louisa Benton. Photo by: Capehart Photography

The panel, consisting of leading experts in psychiatry, brain research and social work, engaged in conversation with an audience of 150 people including students, members of the community, parents, teachers, Board Members of Palm Beach County Schools and more
(West Palm Beach, Florida – October 2022) The country’s leading depression research organization, Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), hosted their inaugural awareness-building symposium on the topic of “Teenagers and Depression: Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis” here in West Palm Beach, FL. This public symposium took place on Thursday, October 6th at the HKP Recital Hall at Palm Beach Atlantic University. HDFR invited leading experts in psychiatry, brain research and social work to engage in conversation for the community.  
The event, originally scheduled to take place the week prior but due to Hurricane Ian was postponed; however, the attendance and energy of the audience was certainly not affected. The diverse crowd, consisting of around 150 guests, included students from both public and private schools, parents, community members, mental health therapists, guidance counselors, teachers and more. There was also attendance from HFDR’s Co-Chair Scott Snyder, as well as the Junior Committee who initiated the event including members Kameron Ramirez, Hollis Pica, Joe Hernandez and Stacey Leuliette.  
Louisa Benton, Executive Director for HDRF, moderated the discussion amongst the following panelists: 

Erinn F. Beck, MS, LMHC: Beck is an adolescent psychotherapist with Restoring Hope of the Palm Beaches 
Dr. Wei-li Chang, MD, PhD: Dr. Chang is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University 
Dr. Christoph Anacker, PhD: Dr. Anacker is Assistant Professor of Neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University
Anthony Trucks: Trucks is a former NFL Athlete and International Speaker
Imad Mawass and Julissa Gonzalez, Student Ambassadors from Active Minds Chapter at Palm Beach Atlantic University  
The discussion covered topics such as how to identify depression in teenagers, real life experiences with mental health, how social media contributes to the rise of depression amongst our youth, what to do if you think someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety, and more. Following the conversation, guests and students were given the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists. 
"I was so inspired to see the interest and engagement around this very important topic this evening," Louisa Benton said. "Not only from our audience, but from the younger generation of students that were here tonight, who shared personal experiences and posed inquisitive questions to our panelists. We hope that through more conversations like this, we can continue to educate schools and students to help our adolescents in need and remove the stigma that surrounds depression and other mood related disorders." 

Facts about Teen Mental Health 
Our nation’s youth are facing an unprecedented mental health crisis. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among our adolescents were on the rise. The pandemic exacerbated those issues, creating isolation and disrupting learning, relationships, and routines. More than 40 percent of teenagers state that they struggle with persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and more than half of parents and caregivers express concern over their children’s mental well-being. Recent statistics show that:  

  • More than one in three high school students has experienced sadness or hopelessness, a 40% increase since 2009 
  • Every day, almost 4,000 children and teens attempt suicide 
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 19 
  • More than half of parents and caregivers express concern over their children's mental well-being.

 About HDRF
HDRF was founded in 2006 by Palm Beach resident and philanthropist Audrey Gruss in memory of her mother Hope, who struggled with clinical depression. Today, HDRF is the leading nonprofit organization focused solely on advanced depression research into new and better treatments for the illness. The World Health Organization has declared depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide, and yet conventional medications today are outdated and do not fully work for 50% of patients. The mission of the HDRF is to spur innovative neuroscience research into the origins, medical diagnosis, new treatments, and prevention of depression and its related mood disorders - bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, and suicide. To date, HDRF has provided more than $45 million through over 200 grants for breakthrough depression research that promises to transform the way depression is viewed, diagnosed, treated and prevented. Currently, HDRF has a potential new class of medication in pilot clinical trials at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Columbia University. 



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