Event Details


About This Event

According to the 2018 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, 9.7% of Indiana youth have been diagnosed with anxiety problems at some point in their lives and 30.8% of Indiana high school students reported feeling sad or hopeless at some point in the past year. Youth who experience anxiety and/or depression are more likely than their peers to engage in risky behaviors such as substance use and unprotected sexual activity, and to struggle in school or work.

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 also explore key strategies for assisting youth who struggle with these two very common mental health illnesses.

Attendees 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

Connect: You are invited to bring your business cards and program or service information to share. Please also feel free to arrive early or stay after for additional networking.


  • Susan S. Jefford, LCSW, MSW

    LifeSpring Health Systems, Western Division (formerly Southern Hills Counseling Center)

    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.