Doctor discusses mental health

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WARREN, Mich. (May 9, 2019) – With less than two weeks until graduation, thoughts of college and the next step in their lives are uppermost in the minds of most of the 185 seniors.

Because seniors can be anxious about living in a dorm, away from home, meeting new people, and adjusting to their new-found independence, De La Salle Collegiate arranged with Ascension-St. John Health Systems to provide some assistance.

Dr. Karen Alton, Director of Adolescent Health, presented a talk entitled “Adolescent depression and anxiety: a general pediatrician’s perspective.” A graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Alton has been in practice for more than 20 years. She has presented a similar lecture at other schools.

This is the first time De La Salle has specifically addressed mental health issues with graduating seniors.

Dr. Karen Alton, director of adolescent health at Ascension St. John Hospital, speaks to De La Salle seniors about mental health.

Dr. Karen Alton, director of adolescent health at Ascension St. John Hospital, speaks to De La Salle seniors about mental health. (Photo by Kevin Fitzhenry/De La Salle)

Alton’s visit was arranged through Michael Badali, vice president, market growth and business development for Ascension. Badali is the father of three graduates (Michael, ’11, Anthony, ’13, and Francesco, ’14), and current sophomore Mario.

Ascension has relationships with local schools, and is interested in presentations for other groups, such as parents, alumni, and faculty and staff.

The event was sponsored by the 1926 Society, a De La Salle alumni group specifically aimed at young alumni, beginning during their senior year.

Major Gifts Officer Greg Esler, who established the 1926 Society this year, said, “Giving our seniors resources that will help them understand some of the challenges that they will be facing in college life can only benefit them.”

 

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