The first workshop session is Sunday, June 23 titled, PIP, PIP Hooray! Using Creative Problem Solving to Promote Wellness.
Presenters: Dr. Nadja Reilly, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology & Bob Anthony, Adolescent Wellness
Location: Salon VIII, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Description: PIP (Problems-Ideas-Plans) is a fun, creative tool for teaching problem-solving skills. It is brief, engaging, and can be used by both youth and adults in a wide range of settings. Improving decision making, creativity, humor, and flexibility are all things that allow us to problem solve more effectively and feel more positive and empowered. During this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to use the PIP, develop new approaches to solving problems, and come up with action steps to promote wellness.
One case of depression is avoided for every 22 people learning the skills and knowledge of wellness. For comparison, one case of heart attack is avoided for every 130 people taking aspirin daily. (Am J Psychiatry 2008; 165:1272–1280)
Preventive intervention for adolescents prevents depression
A safe web site for young people to directly access for better understanding mental illness is called the Experience Journal (www.experiencejournal.com) created by Boston Children’s Hospital.
Also for direct use by youth is this iGROW tip sheet on loss and grief.
Suggestions for parents are provided by Riverside Community Care in this summary – Talking with Your Children About Traumatic Events and this iGROW tip sheet reminds us of how to maintain the conversation.
Referral for advice and counsel can start with a pediatrician; several communities may access assisted referral through www.MSPPreferral.org. McLean Hospital offers a remarkable depression treatment resource without charge for certain youth, please read page two of McLean study with healthy adolescents.
An article addressing mental illness and the actions of Adam Lanza may be read at: http://thebluereview.org/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother/
The walk-through brain exhibit publicizes resources for keeping healthy kids healthy by practicing wellness activities. Two significant benefits that result from wellness activities are better academic performance and fewer cases of mental illness.
At this year’s joint conference in Hyannis, over 600 school superintendents and school committee leaders received a wellness resource from the Boston Children’s Hospital curriculum to keep healthy kids healthy. The hope is that each will view the 37 minute documentary and consider it for use in their district for all students in grades 8 and higher. The Break Free From Depression documentary and curriculum replaces stigma with knowledge, normalizing conversations about symptoms of anxiety or depression, and provides wellness activities to prevent the symptoms.
The Mega Brain exhibit was provided by Adolescent Wellness and Medical Inflatables.
The US goal of preventing 10% of the cases of depression is doable; we know from existing studies that at least 20% (1 in 5) of cases are preventable:
=> 1 of 12 kids experience depression before age 18 (8.3 of 100; 8.3% of children age 11-17)
=> 1 of 13 kids is the US target, a 10% reduction from the current incidence rate
(down to 7.4 of 100; 7.4% of children age 11-17)
Wellness Curricula resources are now available for families and communities to help keep kids healthy, which would achieve the National Prevention Strategy (page 49) goal MHMD-4.1 (page 49) to prevent adolescent depression. The resources enhance the protective factors for individuals; their importance is illustrated by the graphic on page 15 of the 2012 National Strategy For Suicide Prevention.
“…Promotion of good mental health, preventive measures, early recognition and adequate treatment of people with mental disorders are the key measures in avoiding depression and its complications such as suicide.”
Students who participate in school-based programs focused on social and emotional learning (SEL) profit in multiple ways. Compared to students who do not experience SEL
programming, they improve significantly with respect to:
1. Social and emotional skills
2. Attitudes about themselves, others, and school
3. Social and classroom behavior
4. Conduct problems such as classroom misbehavior and aggression
5. Emotional distress such as stress and depression
6. Achievement test scores and school grades, including an 11-percentile-point gain in academic
These positive results do not come at the expense of performance in core academic skills, but rather
enhance academic achievement. Moreover, the results are maintained among those studies that
collect follow-up data in each of the above categories.
11 point test improvement Academic SEL (Social Emotional Learning)