Experts Ask Interact To Lead - July 27, 2015

Experts Ask Interact To Lead
By Bob Anthony
What can teens teach world leaders in research and treatment about depression prevention? Interact teens are reducing stigma by normalizing the conversation about emotional wellness.
This is unusual, so teens Joey Kinyanjui and Noah Stein (shown, left to right,  in photo) as well as I, as their advisor, were asked by McLean Hospital psychiatrist Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, MD, to kick off a Stigma Reduction Week. We will deliver a call to action and answer questions about our achievements and experiences facilitating the Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention Program around Wellesley and with teens in Puerto Rico.
We encourage other Interact and Rotary leaders to attend the presentation today, July 27, from 12 noon to 1 p.m, in Room 132 of the de Marneffe Building at McLean Hospital, which is located at 115 Mill St. in  Belmont. Click here for directions.
The Rotary Club of Wellesley earned District 7910's 2014-2015 Significant Achievement Award for this program. I am president of Adolescent Wellness, a non-profit with a goal of seeing every youth get through adolescence without developing symptoms of anxiety or depression. Joey is a rising freshman at Southern Methodist University who joined Interact two years ago through an online ad seeking "teen mentors to help kids stay healthy" and who helped launch the Depression Prevention program. Noah is a rising senior at Wellesley High School and was recognized at the State House for teen leadership in suicide prevention.
Bob Anthony, president of the Rotary Club of Wellesley, may be contacted at