Heads Up: A Year-long Mental Health Awareness Journey

Our new Heads Up webinar series focuses on important mental health topics that affect us all. We hope this webinar series will help drive the conversation and offer you mental health education and support.

View our past Heads Up: Coping Through COVID-19 series

Topics include:

Webinar 1: Mental Health: A look at the past and imagining the future

In this segment, John Broderick and Dr. William Torrey reflect on long-standing challenges around mental health and look ahead to ways in which the tide is turning.

Webinar 2: Youth Mental Health - What are our children saying and are we listening?

Our panelists discuss specific concerns around youth mental health including:

  • Stress and anxiety brought about by the pandemic
  • Relationships with peers and parents
  • Pressures of school


  • Kay Jankowski, PhD, Director, Psychology Services, Dartmouth Health, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Fern Seiden, MSW, Director of Student Wellness, Merrimack, New Hampshire School District
  • Natalie McLaughlin-Ray, 10th-grade student, Academy of Science and Design, and Girls Inc. Representative

Watch the video below for insights, tips, and resources. Read the related story.

Webinar 3: Social Media and Youth – How do we strike a healthy balance?

Our panelists discuss specific concerns around social media and youth mental health including:

  • Depression, anxiety and anxiety disorders caused by excess engagement
  • The potential for destructive and constructive behaviors
  • How parents and caregivers can talk about social media with young people


  • Steven Schlozman, MD, Child Psychiatrist, Dartmouth Health Children’s
  • Heather Inyart, Executive Director of Media Power Youth, a youth development organization based in Manchester
  • Kenny Olibrice, an eleventh-grader at Manchester Central High School and a Youth Advisor for Media Power Youth

Watch the video below for insights, tips, and resources. Read the related story.

Webinar 4: Student-Athletes – What are their unique mental health stressors and how can we support them?

Our panelists discuss specific concerns around youth athletics and mental health including:

  • Depression, stress, grief and identity crises caused by injury or changes in participation
  • How mental health affects physical performance and vice versa
  • The importance of setting milestones in recovery


  • Keith Loud, MD, Physician-in-Chief and a board-certified sports pediatrician, Dartmouth Health Children’s
  • Mark Hiatt, PhD, staff psychologist and Director of the Sport Psychology Program at Dartmouth College Health Services
  • Meghan Cramb of Merrimack, New Hampshire, a graduate student-athlete and member of the Lynn University Women’s Basketball team

Watch the video below for insights, tips, and resources. Read the related story.

Webinar 5: Parents and other adults: How do we support children who are struggling?

Our panelists discuss how to be part of the solution for young people with mental illness:

  • How to spot the warning signs of depression and anxiety in kids and teens
  • Modeling healthy behaviors
  • Having conversations with young people about their struggles


  • James Craig, MA, PhD, Child Psychologist, Dartmouth Health Psychiatry
  • Lisa Hayward, PhD, Prevention Coordinator, Office of Social Emotional Wellness at the New Hampshire Department of Education
  • Diane Fitzpatrick, MS, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester

Watch the video below for insights, tips, and resources. Read the related story.

Upcoming topics

October 2022
Mental Health and the criminal justice system
November 2022
Mental Health of veterans and active military (Tie-in to Veteran's Day)
December 2022
Mental Health and isolation of our elderly population
January 2023
Workforce: Retaining employees- Employer support of employee mental health and co-occurring substance misuse issues for those who are struggling
February 2023
The Five Signs of Mental Health: How to REACT and How to Address Stigma Head On
March 2023
The Current State of Mental Health: Do we have a mental health system in the US? What do we want our policymakers to focus on locally, regionally, and nationally?
April 2023
Who are the stakeholders and what are the solutions?