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Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: What to Know and How to Help

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 1 out of 5 children

experience a mental disorder each year. Diagnoses of depression and anxiety are more common with increased age, and many children go without needed mental health treatment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a spike in mental health concerns, particularly for children and teenagers who are home more and facing new social stresses. Many families are under a great deal of pressure, and it’s increasingly likely that the pandemic will have a lasting impact on mental health.

But families facing these struggles are not alone—helpful resources and tools are available. Children's Medical Group is part of the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN), a committed group of providers across the state working to support the physical, behavioral and social needs of communities. VHAN is partnering with your pediatrician on webinars and resources featuring the kind of behavioral health information and practical support that families need right now.

During this webinar, VHAN behavioral health and clinical experts share:

  • How to identify warning signs of depression and anxiety disorders

  • When to seek help for your child

  • How to come up with a mental health safety plan

  • How to engage and validate your child’s feelings in a healthy way

  • What you can do to care for yourself while caring for your family

You may watch the webinar below, or at

The Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network is a physician-led, statewide clinically integrated network

made up of more than 6,000 clinicians, 70 hospitals, 13 health systems and hundreds of physician practices and clinics—all driving towards the pursuit of delivering higher-quality, lower-cost care to its patients. To learn more, visit


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