Educating our youth about depression.

2008 Programs

Did You Know?

Signs of depressive disorders in young people often are inappropriately viewed as normal mood swings typical of a particular developmental stage. In addition, health care professionals may be reluctant to prematurely "label" a young person with a mental illness diagnosis. Yet early diagnosis and treatment of depressive disorders are critical to healthy emotional, social, and behavioral development.

The David Raymond Price Foundation made a substantial financial gift to Johns Hopkins Medicine to fund the expansion of Hopkins' Adolescent Depression Awareness Program to schools in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. One of the primary uses of this gift is to fund qualified staff dedicated to expanding this depression related educational effort.

Landon School, located in Bethedsa, Maryland completed their second year of in-class education of the Johns Hopkins Adolescent Depression Awareness Program. This educational effort was made possible and sponsored by the David Raymond Price Foundation.

The Foundation sponsored a presentation of the Hopkins Adolescent Depression Awareness Program to member educators, counselors and administrators of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, D.C. AISGW's membership includes 85 nonprofit schools, educating approximately 35,000 students. Immediately following this two-hour presentation a depression education program was held for AISGW member Junior and Senior Class school leaders.

In June, the foundation sponsored the training of counselors and educators for their teaching of the Johns Hopkins Adolescent Depression Awareness Program in their individual schools. This training program hosted by Landon School and was attended by 17 counselors and educators, each of whom volunteered their time and efforts. In attendance were representatives of Landon School, National Cathedral School, The Academy of the Holy Cross, Bullis School, Connelly School of the Holy Child, St. Andrews Episcopal School and Sandy Spring Friends School.