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About This Event

According to Child Trends, youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults. Depression during adolescence is also associated with disrupted school performance and peer/family relationships. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that depression is the most prevalent mental disorder experienced among adolescents, with 30.8 percent of Indiana high school students reporting feeling sad or hopeless to the point that they stopped doing some usual activities almost every day for two or more weeks in a row.  

This presentation will address how the presence of anxiety and depression in a child’s life impacts all aspects of that child’s life. Together we will: 

  • discuss the different types of anxiety and depressive disorders and their causes; 
  • learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in youth; and  
  • explore ways to talk with and support youth experiencing anxiety and depression 


  • Susan S. Jefford, LCSW, MSW

    Clinical Manager – Western Division of LifeSpring Health Systems

    Susan Jefford earned a Master of Social Work from UCLA and has worked more than 30 years extensively with children and adolescents who struggle with trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders.