Developed at Boston Children’s Hospital, Break Free from Depression is a classroom-based curriculum designed to increase adolescents’ awareness about depression, teach them how to recognize it in themselves and peers, and provide strategies for finding help. The four-module curriculum for high school students features a compelling documentary with real adolescents discussing their experiences with depression. Presenters will model facilitating the student curriculum, screen the documentary, offer implementation strategies, and provide participants with a detailed manual.
This session will help participants
1. learn about a universal school-based depression and suicide awareness curriculum that can be used at their school;
2. be able to effectively facilitate this curriculum; and
3. understand that experiences of racism, discrimination, and other factors can affect depression.