Panel to discuss students’ transition to high school |

Panel to discuss students’ transition to high school

Judge Katharine Sullivan educates parents and students on the consequences of underage drinking and drug use during a recent Dinner and Dialogue event.
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What: Parents You Matter Dinner and Dialogue series: “Youth Depression and Reducing Stress.”

When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Gypsum Recreation Center, Gypsum.

Cost: Free.

Who: For parents, teens and youth-serving professionals.

GYPSUM — Parents, middle school students and anyone working with young people are invited to attend a free panel discussion on students transitioning from middle school to high school on Tuesday at the Gypsum Recreation Center in Gypsum. This dynamic session of the Parents You Matter Dinner and Dialogue series will provide guidance and tips on how to take an active approach in preventing youth depression and reducing stress. A buffet-style dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., followed by speaker presentations and a group discussion.

The Eagle River Youth Coalition and Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Foundation will be bringing together a panel of professionals to discuss concerns, trends and healthy alternatives to youth depression and reducing stress. Featured panelists include Molly Fiore (Speak Up Reach Out), Stacey Horn, LCSW (Eagle County psychotherapist) and Jill Squyres, Ph.D. (Eagle County psychologist).

Local data proves that Eagle County youth are suffering from depression and anxiety. However, parents and other community members can take an active role in preventing negative and depressive thoughts, while encouraging healthy alternatives. During this session, participants will learn about how depression occurs and receive tips on how to support friends and family who are struggling with depression. This event will provide education on local resources and support for individuals and offer opportunities for healthier lifestyles.

Parents and teens are encouraged to come with their own questions for the panelists. This is a bilingual event, and a free buffet-style dinner and free childcare will be provided. Contact Jason Peck at the Eagle River Youth Coalition to register at 970-949-9250 or

The Eagle River Youth Coalition brings together more than 20 youth-serving organizations to collaborate around the opportunities and challenges facing youth to ensure young people can become healthy and successful adults. In an effort to educate parents and create a community support network for them, the coalition created the Dinner and Dialogue series to address challenges parents face in the valley.

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