Would you be willing to spend two hours to educate yourself about something that could make a significant difference in the life of your child? About 11 percent of adolescents will suffer from depression by the age of 18. Signs of anxiety, which can grow into depression, are becoming more common in the early elementary grade levels.

Depression can strike anyone, even the most joyful third- or fourth-grader can be struggling with this disorder by age 13 or 14. But depression is treatable, especially if addressed early.

Please consider joining us on Wednesday, Oct. 17, when GDAY will host a presentation featuring the TADS video entitled, "Removing Obstacles to Help and Treatment." This video was designed to provide parents with practical guidance for seeking mental-health services for their children. Following the video, there will be a question-and-answer panel featuring Dr. Steve Liljegren, Alice Lenhart, GDRHS Guidance Counselor Mark Hennelly, as well as Deb and me.

Please join us on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center at Lawrence Academy.

STEVE BOCZENOWSKI

Founder and president, Teenage Anxiety & Depression Solutions (TADS)