Wrapping Up Mental Health Awareness Month, Friday 7 June 2019

Hope for Depression Research Foundation, hosted its Second Annual ‘Next Generation Mental Health’ Panel Discussion on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the Paley Center for Media.

Moderated by HDRF Executive Director Louisa Benton, the panel was held during Mental Health Month and focused on the topic “Bullying and Mental Health.”  The event convened leading psychiatrists, anti-bullying experts, and advocates to share their viewpoints and answer questions from an audience of over 100 people including teens, parents, social workers, guidance counselors and more.

The panel discussed issues relevant to bullying and victimization including immediate and long-term effects on health and quality of life, and how to talk to teens and get help. This panel is a part of a new initiative, Next Generation Mental Health, which aims to shine a spot light on urgent mental health issues facing our nation’s youth.

The panel included:

  • Dr. Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, the Director of the Friedman Brain Institute at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Dr. Angela Diaz, MD, PhD, MPH, Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
  • Jill Brown, President and Founder of Generation Text Online
  • Dr. Susan M. Swearer, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology and a Professor of School Psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Jeff Lima, actor and anti-bullying activist
  • Emily Marrero, student at SUNY Morrisville and graduate of the Police Athletic League of New York City.

To read more about the symposium click here.

To watch the video, click here.

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