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January 23, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Rd.

Cranberry Township, PA 16066
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Spotlight on Mental Health - Depression: Real Conversations & Effective Help

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Most can relate to feeling depressed from time to time sometimes due to life circumstances which may cause us to feel really down and sad. Often the feelings subside as time passes, but when the feelings of sadness and depression linger, it’s important to not overlook the seriousness of depression and seek help.

Presented by: Cranberry Mental Health Coalition of the Cranberry Area Diversity Network 
The evening will include a “lived experience” panel discussion, breakout sessions for adolescent depression, and pre and post pregnancy depression. The evening will also include a resource fair, mindfulness experience and refreshments.

Evening Schedule
5:00 – 5:30 Resource Fair and Refreshments
5:30 – 7:00 Lived Experience Panel - Understanding depression, living with symptoms and overcoming its impact on my life. Facilitated by Katie Holzworth, LCSW, Cranberry Psychological Center with introduction by James Shamlin, LCSW, Clinical Director of Cranberry Psychological Center.

7:00 – 7:30 Resource Fair, Refreshments (Town Square)
How to Use Mindfulness in Managing Depression (Council Chambers) Presented by Sandra Ihlenfeld, M.S., Vice President, Organizational Advancement, Butler Co. Family YMCA

7:45- 8:30   Breakout Sessions
Breakout I – Franklin Station Room
Understanding Adolescent Depression, Resources and Seeking Help. Presenter: Susan M. Fink, MSEd., LPC.  Summary: One of the most critical needs in our country is improved Mental Health care for all--and especially for adolescents. This presentation will offer caregivers and families information about how to identify the behaviors common in adolescents with a mental health issue, a brief list of ways parents and guardians can help their adolescent "de-stress" from life, and suggestions for how to help adolescents navigate school, activities, and the ever-changing world of technology. Included will be a list of resources available in the community to help families address the needs of their children.

Breakout Session II - Council Chambers
Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders. Presenter: Courtney Williams, MA, NCC, LPC. Summary: Ms. Williams will concentrate on timing and detection, diagnosis and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. The importance of evaluation not only during the postpartum period, but during pregnancy, will be stressed. The following disorders will be discussed with regard to presentation and treatment during the perinatal period specifically: Baby Blues, depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, and Perinatal Psychosis.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports “16 million US adults had a least one depressive episode in the past year” and mood disorders including depression rank high when looking at precipitating diagnosis leading to hospitalization among those ages 18 to 44. I Need a Lighthouse (INAL) established to create awareness of serious consequences associated with depression among teens shares that 20% of teens will experience depression before adulthood. For youth and adults, depression is linked to chronic medical conditions, substance abuse, suicide, relationship struggles and reduced performance at school and work. 

CEU credits are available – to inquire email