The Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) is an evidence-based curriculum designed to educate high school students, their teachers and parents about adolescent depression so that more teens suffering with depression get the help they need.
A presentation for parents will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in the Northampton Area High School cafeteria, 1619 Laubach Avenue. The Weller Center will host this free workshop where parents explore the signs and symptoms of teenage depression and discuss resources in the community that can help families address this serious issue.
Dr. Steven Kachmar, supervisor of psychological services for the district and a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, will lead the discussion. Dr. Kachmar is a graduate of Kutztown University where he received a master of arts in agency/mental health counseling. He earned his doctor of philosophy degree in school psychology from Duquesne University.
Joseph Kovalchik, superintendent of schools for the Northampton Area School District noted, “We are offering a valuable educational experience for our students, staff, parents and community members. Depression is a misunderstood disease that affects many people in our nation and community. We welcome all members of the learning community to learn more about this complex disease on December 5 in our high school cafeteria.”
ADAP was developed in 1999 by Dr. Karen Swartz, clinical programs director at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, in response to three student suicides in the Baltimore area. Since its inception, more than 20,000 students have participated in the program. The programs at Northampton Area School District are funded through a grant from Capital BlueCross.
About the Weller Health Education Center
The mission of the Weller Health Education Center is to measurably improve children’s lives by giving students the tools they need to make informed and healthy life choices. Weller has partnered with more than 500 schools to supplement and enhance the teaching of health, character education, and life science for students grades K through 12. The Weller Health Education Center was the first not-for-profit health promotion, disease prevention education facility of its kind in Pennsylvania. Serving more than 1.4 million children since our inception in 1982, the Weller Center remains the only such center in our 39-county service area and one of just 34 health education centers across the nation. See www.wellercenter.org
About Capital BlueCross
Headquartered in Harrisburg, Capital BlueCross has been providing health care coverage for group and individual customers throughout Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley for over 70 years and is dedicated to supporting the communities in which its employees and subscribers live and work.