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Understanding and Overcoming Parental Depression

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In Newburgh, New York a young mother Lashanda Armstrong, 25, decided to end her life along with her four kids -- Lashaun Armstrong, 10, Landen Pierre, 5, Lance Pierre, 2, and 11-month-old Lainaina Pierre. While she and three of her children died; Lashaun was able to escape and watch as his family perished. Reports have suggested that Lashanda was suffering from depression as the result of unrest between her and the father of her youngest three children.

Over the past few years more and more tragic incidents involving Parental Depression has emerged. How can you identify when you as a parent are suffering from depression? What are the signs? And more importantly; what should you do once you recognize you are depressed?

Our Special Guest: TERRIE WILLIAMS

Terrie Williams is the author of “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting”.  It tells the untold story of depression among African-Americans as well as Terrie’s tale of her own chronic and crippling depression—a revealing narrative she shared in the June 2005 issue of ESSENCE magazine.

Terrie is a clinical social worker by training who became a successful public relations pro and President of the Terrie Williams Agency; by her own design. She has emerged as a passionate advocate for youth and those who battle depression. In 1988 when Terrie launched her public relations and communications agency, she knew that the company would become one of the country’s most successful public relations firms—The Terrie Williams Agency has handled through the years the biggest names in entertainment, sports, business, and politics. Clients included Miles Davis, Eddie Murphy, Johnnie L. Cochran, Essence Communications Partners, Time Warner, HBO and dozens of other notable personalities and corporations. Ms. Williams is also the founder of the Stay Strong Foundation.

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