Adolescent Depression Awareness Program

The Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) seeks to educate high school students, teachers, and parents about adolescent depression. ADAP includes a student curriculum with the central message that depression is a treatable medical illness.  Additional components of the program include an instructor training as well as parent and community presentations. Through education, ADAP increases awareness about depression and bipolar disorder, stressing the need for evaluation and treatment, while decreasing the stigma associated with mood disorders.  

To learn more about ADAP, please click here to read the full program summary.

Dr. Karen Swartz, ADAP’s Director, speaking in a Baltimore City High School

The ADAP student curriculum is available to high school educators who wish to provide depression education in their classrooms. Educators interested in receiving the student curriculum must first complete the ADAP instructor training.

To access the online instructor training, please register below. To learn more about in-person instructor trainings near you or if you have questions, please contact the ADAP team at