As suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth, one of the guiding questions for the session was "how can parents and coaches support their young athletes in coping with these pressures?"
The conversation was streamed on Facebook LIVE for parents and teenagers not able to attend.
Lora Scott, a sports medicine physician at Children's, suggested that parents and guardians say this to their young athlete: "Not that you were the star athlete but hey, you were a leader, you're a hard worker, you're really passionate about what you do."
The physicians also stressed that exposure to social media doesn't make handling the young athlete's mental health any easier.
Gregory Ramey, a child psychologist at Children's, said social media is a major contributing factor to issues of mental health and the youth athlete.
"Parents, put some limits on the darn iPhone," he said. "No power on after 9 p.m. No use of that at night. Limit YouTube usage."
One other signal parents need to look for is how the young athlete deals with an injury that keeps them off the field or court. That scenario tends to put the young athlete most at risk for depression, Ramey and Scott said.
The Dayton Daily News Path Forward team is taking a deep dive into what can be done to improve mental health outcomes for youth in our community.
That series will begin in the coming weeks.
HOW TO GET HELP
People in need can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor, 24/7.
The national crisis text line can be accessed by texting CONNECT to 741741.
An online chat option is available by going to suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ and entering your ZIP code.