Silver Hill Hospital, The Depot and Communities 4 Action (formerly Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council) will provide information and answer parents' questions about raising teens during a Coffee and Conversations series.

The informal meetings are Wednesdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The Depot, 25 Heights Road. The first, "How the Adolescent Brain Works," is on Oct. 15 and will feature Dr. Aaron Krasner, adolescent service chief at Silver Hill.

"Parents are always the most important influence on their children," Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, president and medical director at Silver Hill, said. "There is advice that can make a difference, and we are delighted to partner with these other community organizations and bring experts out to the parents of Darien."

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The other five discussions are as follows:

Nov. 19: "Setting Limits with your Teen," with Tracey Masella, adolescent social worker at Silver Hill Hospital.

Jan. 7: "Depression and Anxiety in Youth, What Does it Look Like and When is it a Problem?," with Krasner.

Feb. 25: "Eating Disorders, How to Recognize the Signs in a Friend or Family Member," with Dr. Erin Kleifield, psychologist and director of the Eating Disorders Program at Silver Hill. The session includes Students Against Destructive Decisions members and their families.

March 11: "How Teens Cope with Stress," a discussion on harmful coping skills and how to develop more positive skills, with Daniel Brenner, superintendent of the Roslyn Public Schools, who holds a Ph.D. in school and clinical psychology.

May 6: "Helping your Child Transition to College, Questions You and Your Child Didn't Think to Ask," with Dr. Frank Bartolomeo, director of strategic development, and Dr. Lauren Pote, clinical psychologist, from the Southfield Center for Development (juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend with their parents).

Space is limited. Registration is required; email Janice Marzano at