WENATCHEE — Parents — and anyone who works with children — are invited to learn about adolescent depression and get tips on how to help at a free event at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the LocalTel Event Center at Pybus Public Market.

A panel of experts from Columbia Valley Community Health, Columbia Pediatrics and the Wenatchee School District will talk about:

  • What depression looks like and how to recognize it
  • How to engage a child in a conversation about it
  • The need to normalize seeking treatment when necessary
  • Signs and symptoms of “Digital Dementia”and “Gaming Disorder”
  • Why are screens/games so addicting?
  • The iGen, why today’s super-connected kids are growing up less rebellious, more tolerant, less happy and completely unprepared for adulthood
  • How to find balance
  • Ways to minimize depression and maximize feelings of happiness
  • Tangible things we can do to become happier and more resilient to depression

The panel speakers include:

  • Columbia Pediatrics’ Dr. Jerry Crawford who has more than 30 years of experience in pediatric medicine
  • Aaron MacKenzie, counselor at Washington Elementary School, with more than 20 years of school counseling experience
  • Abigail Shepherd, Ph.D, a licensed mental health counselor at CVCH

Each will make a presentation, followed by time to answer audience questions. Seating is limited, so registration is recommended. For more information, go to wwrld.us/2WWS8Tc.

The event is part of the Pybus University offerings this quarter.

Nevonne McDaniels: 664-7151