Straight Talk: Real Conversations for People who Care About Kids





    Depression and Anxiety
    Depression and anxiety are real mental health conditions that are under diagnosed, under treated, and under talked about.  Warning signs of depression include:
    • Sleeping too much or too little
    • Irritability
    • Lack of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Anger
    • General slowing of motor functions 

    If you feel your child may be suffering from depression, it is important to seek medical or professional help.  

    Additional resources can be found online at Schlow Library.
    Past Straight Talk Recordings on Depression and Anxiety: 
    Helping Your Child Worry Less & Live More: Mindfulness-Based Solutions for Childhood Anxiety

          Presented by: Peter Montminy, Ph.D

    Kids today face an epidemic of stress and anxiety related problems.  Like many, your tween or teen may be struggling to meet academic demands, peer pressures, and family expectations with constant worries about being "good enough," "fitting in," or "missing out."  This program focused on recognition of the signs of unhealthy anxiety in your child and what you both can do about it.  It presents a practical 5-step approach for anxious kids (and parents) that uses mindfulness skills to relax the body, refocus the mind, and respond successfully in the face of fear.

    Handout from February 21, 2017 presentation:  Click here
    Body Language:Talking It Through
    Dr. Susan Russell, Professor of Theatre, PSU; Kikora Franklin, Professor of Theatre and Dance, PSU; High School Student Performers
    This student-based Body Language Performance brought young people to the stage to address depression, anxiety and social issues that can complicate their lives and those of their families and friends. Through drama and dance, their stories highlighted both the fragility and power of the human spirit.  It featured students from the Delta Program and State College High School. Recorded April 15, 2014


    Troubled girl
    Adolescent Depression: What's Normal and What's Not
    Location: Mount Nittany Middle School Auditorium, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Presenter: Brian Rabian, Ph.D, Director of the Psychological Clinic, Penn State University Panel discussion included professionals and youth who will share various perspectives on this subject. Presented on March 19, 2013.                             

    Depression and Mental Health 
    Joseph Wiedemer, MD and Peter Rainey MS
    Depression in children and adolescents is underdiagnosed and undertreated. It is fairly common and affects almost 3 percent of children under age 13 and more than 5 percent of adolescents ages 13 to 18. When depression is not recognized, it can affect a child’s engagement in school, relationships and their emotional development. Thankfully, there are tools to help parents and caregivers recognize depression, and there is help.   Presented on February 17, 2015.
    View the PowerPoint slide deck: Straight Talk Presentation: Depression 
    These seminars are made possible  by the Straight Talk Task Force, including members from:
    The Jana Marie Foundation, Youth Service Bureau,  Communities That Care Partnership and State College Area School District, administration, faculty and staff.
Last Modified on November 16, 2017