BETHEL – “How to Deal with Depression following Loss and Grief,” the last in a series of four workshops on loss and grief, will be presented from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at the West Parish Congregational Church, Garland Chapel, Church Street.

Wayne DuPlessis, M.Ed. MFT, Bethel counselor and member of the To Your Health Planning Committee, will cover the issues discussed in the prior three sessions and how they can manifest themselves into anxiety, depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder. He will discuss measures that can be taken to minimize those effects in daily life.

The previous three workshops covered an overview of grief, how children and teens grieve differently and how to cope with unexpected and traumatic loss. Those who missed any of the workshops will have an opportunity to hear the highlights in DuPlessis’s summary.

DuPlessis has been in private practice for the past 12 years. He has worked in every sector of the educational setting, including as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England.

For 10 years he worked as a lead facilitator and facilitator trainer for the Julie Foundation, a private nonprofit organization that helps parents of adolescents learn to deal more effectively with their teens. His specialty is adult-adolescent conflict.

The workshop is sponsored by the To Your Health Committee, which includes Western Mountains Senior College, SAD 44 Community Education, Bethel Family Health Center, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and DuPlessis.

The public is invited and admission is free. Advance registration is not necessary but will be appreciated. For more information or to register, call 824-2053 or 824-8610.

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