Education Forum: Coping with Stress and Depression

Coping with Stress and Depression: How Program Leaders Can Help Themselves and Their Students

Coping with Stress and Depression

Stress is a fact of life and is even essential in some situations to keep safe, but too much stress can lead to anxiety and depression. Nearly all teens experience stress and 1 in 5 teens on average will experience depression. For adults, at any given time, nearly 10% are grappling with depression. In this workshop, program leaders learn techniques for managing stress; how to recognize signs of depression; how to talk with others about depression; and how to help themselves or others. This workshop, presented by a licensed social worker and a mental health advocate, teaches attendees how to help the themselves, their crew, and their students who are affected by stress and depression.

Workshop leaders
Julie McGrath, North Shore Medical Center
Susan Weinstein, Families for Depression Awareness

Julie McGrath
Julie McGrath

Julie McGrath, LICSW, has nearly two decades of experience in the mental health field. Ms. McGrath has social work experience in direct-line staff and upper management positions in various settings, including diagnostic assessment units for adolescent treatment and as case manager in a partial hospital program. She currently is the director of the North Shore Medical Center hospital emergency department psychiatric triage unit, which provides assessment and response services. She manages a busy department of crisis clinicians, arranges for the care and placement of mental health and/or substance-abusing patients, and advocates for patients’ needs within the larger systems throughout the state. Ms. McGrath also founded The Joy Source and Julie McGrath Seminars, through which she trains people to manage stress and practice self-care, keep the workplace positive and productive, and live each day with passion and purpose.

Susan Weinstein
Susan Weinstein


Susan Weinstein, JD, has been with Families for Depression Awareness since 2013, first as director of programs and currently as co-executive director. Although trained and licensed as an attorney, Ms. Weinstein has found greater fulfillment in non-traditional legal – and non-legal – roles. As a person with lived experience, she brings an important perspective to FFDA’s work, helping to narrow the gap between the sometimes-conflicting interests of people living with mood disorders and their families. Ms. Weinstein presents webinars and workshops on teen depression and adult depression and bipolar disorder and is editor-in-chief of the mental health advocacy blog




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