Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: What to Know and How to Help

Join behavioral health experts from the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network as they share methods for recognizing and addressing anxiety and depression in children and adolescents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 1 out of 5 children experience a mental disorder each year. Diagnoses of depression and anxiety are more common with increased age, and many children go without needed mental health treatment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a spike in mental health concerns, particularly for children and teenagers who are home more and facing new social stresses. Many families are under a great deal of pressure, and it’s increasingly likely that the pandemic will have a lasting impact on mental health.

But families facing these struggles are not alone—helpful resources and tools are available. Your pediatrician is part of the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN), a committed group of providers across the state working to support the physical, behavioral and social needs of communities. VHAN is partnering with your pediatrician for a webinar featuring the kind of behavioral health information and practical support that families need right now.

During this webinar, VHAN behavioral health and clinical experts will share:

  • How to identify warning signs of depression
  • How to identify signs of anxiety disorders in both young and older children
  • When to seek help for your child
  • How to come up with a mental health safety plan
  • How to engage and validate your child’s feelings in a healthy way
  • What you can do to care for yourself while caring for your family

Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network Experts

Terri Brady, RN,BSN,MBA
Director, Network Development and Pediatrics

Danielle McDonough, LMSW
Project Licensed Social Worker, Pediatric Behavioral Health

Webinar and Registration Details:

Please select a date and time that works best for your schedule. If you are not able to attend but are interested in learning more, we encourage you to register for a session, and you will receive the recording following the live webinar.

  • Thursday, October 1 – 12-1 p.m. CDT
  • Saturday, October 3 – 10-11 a.m. CDT
  • Monday, October 5 – 7-8 p.m. CDT

There will be time for Q&A at the end of the webinar, and we look forward to having you join the conversation!

For additional information, connect with us at [email protected].