“Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) and founder Audrey Gruss hosted its annual public symposium “Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health” on May 8. The panel, moderated by Elyse Fox, founder of Sad Girls Club, was held in May in honor of Mental Health Month and included HDRF-affiliated researchers and psychiatrists as well as young adult and teen activists.
Speakers on the panel included Em Odesser, 17-year-old Editor-in-Chief and co-creator of Teen Eye Magazine, writers Scarlett Curtis and Philip Eli, doctors Alexandra Harris, M.D., P.h.D., Marianne Chai, medical director at New York Center for Living, and UCLA’s Dr. Yalda T. Uhls, author of Media Moms and Digital Dads.Louisa Benton, executive director of Hope for Depression Research Foundation, introduced and started off the panel by asking the question “How are smartphones impacting future generations’ mental health?”
The panel discussed both positive and negative aspects of interconnectivity, cell phone reliance, and social media networks on our culture and ‘mind brain health.’ They also answered questions from an audience of over 150 people including actors, teens, and their parents. Actors in the audience were Justina Adorno from ABC’s Grand Hotel, Matt Flynn from FOX’s Gotham, Robert Manzell from Netflix’s Iron Fist, and Alyssa Kempinski from HBO’s The Deuce.” - NYmetroparents