Children & Bullying: When to Seek Help

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute (NRCI) held its first program for a new Mental Health Series at the Pope John Paul XIII School in Evanston.  Facilitators Nancy Sussman of NAMI-CCNS and the Chicago School’s Mayra Chacon and Dr. Theresa Segura Herrera led Latino parents of K-8th graders through a discussion about childhood depression and anxiety.  The Psychologists covered symptoms and signs, how to seek professional help, and how to manage anxiety and/or depression specifically related to the immigrant experience, acculturation, and the formation of a bi-cultural identity.  After a 30 minute introductory presentation, parents asked a variety of questions based on personal experiences, current challenges, and family problems. An engaged discussion ensued and a list of mental health resources, tips, and warning signs for depression and anxiety were distributed.