Workshop to highlight teen depression

By: For the Daily Journal

Connections Family Support Program is hosting guest speaker Portia Purcell from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, 410 E. Washington St., Rockingham.

Purcell will speak on the topic of teenage depression and anxiety, explaining the signs and symptoms of each diagnosis, sharing coping strategies, and discussing depression and suicide awareness and prevention. She will also provide free resources and offer treatment options for those who are interested.

Purcell’s professional background includes experience working with clients from various socioeconomic and demographic backgrounds. She began her work in community mental health and substance abuse treatment in 2011. She is currently employed with FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Pinehurst as a substance abuse counselor in its Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Services.

Purcell graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a North Carolina licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical addiction specialist, and national certified counselor.

Family members, providers, and professionals, such as teachers, social workers, case managers, therapists, counselors, and court counselors are encouraged to attend.

Space is limited and attendees are asked to register in advance and no later than Oct. 23. Lunch will be provided free for participants who are registered.

Connections Family Support Program is funded by Sandhills Center in collaboration with North Carolina Families United. To register for this workshop, contact Suzanne Maness toll free at 877-211-5995 or by email at


For the Daily Journal