Centerstone Releases kNOw Depression Videos

Video Series Aims to Educate Teens and Parents About the Signs of Adolescent Depression, Offers Resources for Getting Help

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, today announced the release of two educational videos about teen depression. Called kNOw Depression, the videos follow the stories of three teenagers experiencing varying degrees of depression and offer parents, teens and teachers advice on how to recognize signs of depression and how and when to seek help.

“Parents often miss warning signs of adolescent depression by mistaking symptoms for typical teenage moodiness,” said John Page, Centerstone’s Senior Vice President for Child, Adolescent and Family Services. “The kNOw Depression videos will help both parents and teens recognize signs of depression and offer valuable advice on when to seek professional help. The videos will also be an important educational tool for teachers, after-school programs and parenting groups.”

Using communication tools teens can relate to, the first kNOw Depression video portrays three scenarios from the teens’ perspective. Production includes webcam style photography and graphics that mimic online programs like YouTube. The video tells stories of real-life situations teens face and offers solutions for teens experiencing symptoms of depression. The second kNOw Depression video recounts the same three scenarios from the parents’ perspective, depicting the teenagers’ symptoms of depression and the parents’ reactions to the behavior. The film offers expert advice on how to recognize signs and symptoms of depression and how to get help for teens.

Centerstone’s Prevention Services and Marketing and Public Relations teams worked in collaboration with Earnhardt Pirkle, a Nashville, Tenn.-based film and video production company, to create the innovative video series. Production was funded by the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Foundation.

The kNOw Depression educational videos have been distributed to 157 schools throughout Middle Tennessee, reaching more than 30,000 youth. Additionally, the videos are available online at www.whoyouwant2be.org. WhoYouWant2Be.org is an online resource for teens, offering advice on a range of topics including setting goals and improving communication skills. The website supplies vital information on behavioral health issues that often first become apparent during teenage years –such as suicidal thoughts, alcohol and drug use, eating disorders and self mutilation – and gives local contact information for teens seeking help.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare. With a history that spans over fifty years, Centerstone provides a full range of behavioral health and related educational services to more than 69,000 individuals of all ages and their families annually. Children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families all receive help from a multitude of different programs in more than 120 facilities and 150 partnership locations in Indiana and Tennessee. Centerstone is accredited by The Joint Commission in Indiana and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Tennessee. For more information about Centerstone, please call toll free at 888-291-4357.