Break Free from Depression Train the Trainer

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All trainings for the 2013-2014 school year have concluded. We are currently planning more training dates beginning in the fall of 2014. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive information on future trainings, please email

Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships holds several trainings each year that are designed to introduce participants to the Break Free from Depression curriculum and be trained on how to facilitate it in their school setting. Participants will also learn about adolescent depression and suicide as a public health concern and how to identify warning signs in their students.

This training is tailored towards high school personnel and/or community health providers partnered with high schools who are focused on health services such as social workers, psychologists, guidance counselors, pupil adjustment counselors, school nurses, other mental health professionals, health teachers, and other staff.

Developed at Boston Children’s Hospital, Break Free from Depression is a curriculum designed to increase adolescents’ awareness about depression, teach them how to recognize it in themselves and in their friends, and give them strategies for finding help. The 4-session curriculum for high school students features a compelling documentary that focuses on a diverse group of adolescents talking about their struggles with depression and suicide. We learn of their symptoms, the course of their illness, and the methods they use for coping through their own words.

We would like to thank the Sydney A. Swensrud Foundation for their generous support of these trainings. 

For more information, please contact Molly Jordan, LICSW at:

Thank you for your interest!

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