How Parents Can Prepare College-Bound Teens for Mental Wellness

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Airing Thursday, August 3, 2023, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET

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Transitioning from high school to college can be an exciting yet overwhelming time for many students and their parents. At this stage of life, college-bound teens may face new – or recurrent – mental health challenges. These might include adjusting to a new environment, managing increased academic and social pressures, and navigating new relationships.

Parents can take proactive steps to promote mental wellness and help college-bound teens prepare for challenges. Parents and students need to know how to access campus resources. They should also learn what steps to take if a student requires a temporary leave of absence from school for mental health-related issues.

Join us on Thursday, August 3, 2023, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET when Kimberly Blackshear, MSW, LCSWA, will discuss how adults can recognize mental health risks that college-bound teens face. Participants will acquire strategies for providing support that promotes mental wellness and identify mental health resources available to college students.


This program is supported by

George Harrington Trust

Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust

Rebecca Pomroy Foundation

Bennett Family Foundation

Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation

John Donnelly Trust

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program


Kimberly Blackshear, MSW, LCSWA

More information coming soon!

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Susan Weinstein, JD, Moderator

Susan Weinstein, JD, Co-Executive Director, has been primarily responsible for programs and finances at Families for Depression Awareness since 2012. Susan was diagnosed with depression in her teens and has drawn from her personal experiences to inform FFDA’s curriculum. She has worked in nonprofits and local government throughout her career, generally in a non-legal capacity. She holds several volunteer positions, including serving on the Executive Committee and as Governance Committee Chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention and holding a variety of elected and appointed seats in her town government since 1992. A native of South Florida, Susan is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Boston University School of Law.