First Tuesday Education Series

Seasonal Depression
What to know and how to help


Tuesday, December 5, 2023

5:00 pm-6:00 pm




Free!  Registration Required 

Seasonal Depression

Even in our mild Virginia climate, the changing of seasons can affect how we feel. Seasonal Depression, clinically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is caused by a chemical change in the brain. Many of the symptoms of SAD are similar to symptoms of depression but occur seasonally. Join us on December 5 to learn more about seasonal depression, strategies to help yourself, and how to help loved ones who may be experiencing SAD. 

Join Kishara Griffin from The Women's Initiative to learn more about what seasonal depression is and how to feel better through the changing seasons. 

Pascale Hapgood, Cancer Survivor

"My team was fabulous. I trusted them completely, and that made all the difference through such an anxious time."

You helped Pascale Hapgood celebrate her 60th birthday this year, and brought life-saving cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship programs to hundreds of people in our community. Pascale was diagnosed with breast cancer in March and underwent surgery and radiation at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in April. By fall, she was celebrating her milestone birthday and back on her beloved tennis court, fighting breast cancer with us at the In the Pink Tennis and Pickleball Charity Event. 

Community support of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation helps patients like Pascale manage the pain and uncertainty of treatment by providing a wide range of supportive services, including free wigs and scarves, therapeutic massage, fitness programs, and emotional support. 

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Past First Tuesday sessions have featured topics as diverse as diabetes management, stroke signs and symptoms, and how to cope with the emotional effects of seasonal changes. All sessions feature Sentara Martha Jefferson's community health team and medical staff, and frequently include local experts as well.  

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Contact Setour Dillard, BSN, to register or answer any questions about these classes at 434-984-4640 or