St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Services is planning a free lecture series beginning Feb. 10 in Westport.

The Community Lecture Series starts with the topic, "Parenting, Teaching and Treating Troubled Kids," presented by Dr. J. Stuart Ablon.

Ablon is director of "Think: Kids" in the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate clinical professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Officials say the lecture will help parents "better understand the difficulties of challenging kids and learn new, more effective ways to improve life at home and begin feeling much more optimistic about the future."

The lecture, which is from 1 to 2 p.m., will take place at St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Services, 47 Long Lots Road.

The lecture series continues on March 2 with "Suicide and Risky Behaviors among Youth and Young Adults."

This lecture will be presented by Dr. Eric Caine, the John Romano professor and chair of the University of Rochester Medical Center's department of psychiatry and co-director of the Center for the Study of Prevention of Suicide.

The 6 to 7 p.m. lecture also will take place at St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Services.

The series concludes on April 27, with "An Update on Lyme Disease."

This lecture will be presented by Dr. Brian Fallon, professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Friends of Hall-Brooke and the Westport Woman's Club and will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Ave.

For more information, visit www.stvincentsbehavioralhealth.org or call

203-341-4532.