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Workshop: youth depression

Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between youth depression and the normal ups and downs of the teen years. Two upcoming brown bag seminars will provide insights for dealing with youth and depression, according to a press release.

Parents and youth work professionals are invited to join Mike Huntley, Youth Service Bureau clinical director for a conversation about youth depression. A daytime session is scheduled at noon on Tuesday, May 4. The evening gathering will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Road. The seminars are free but pre-registration is required. For details, call (651) 458-5224 or go to A supervised play area is available for elementary-aged children during the evening session only for pre-registered attendees.

"Our discussion will include the warning signs of youth depression and practical strategies we can all use to help youth," Huntley said. He is a well-known local resource on youth depression, according to the release. He works daily with area youth and families from the Youth Service Bureau Stillwater Service Center.

Brown bag seminars for parents and youth work professionals are an educational program of the Youth Service Bureau, which is committed to improving young lives through youth focused family counseling and early intervention programs. It has local service centers in Stillwater, Woodbury and Cottage Grove.