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In May of 2003, the Sawyer family lost their son Joe to suicide. Since then, they have worked passionately to showcase Joe's artwork to help raise awareness of suicide and depression. Their 2004 calendar benefitted Families for Depression Awareness.


On November 15, Julie Totten spoke to a sold-out audience of more than 600 clinicians at Harvard Medical School's Bipolar Disorder conference. Totten urged clinicians to include family caregivers in their treatment, pointing out how to do it and how it improves treatment.
 

 
Families for Depression Awareness recently participated in the 19th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy. "Twenty five years ago, we did not dream that people might someday be able to recover from mental illnesses and today it is possible," stated Rosalynn Carter. "For one who has been in the mental health field as long as I have, it is a miracle. It is an answer to prayer for many people."

This year's Symposium provided participants with a strategy for implementing recommendations from the final report of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. The Commission was established by a presidential Executive Order in April 2002, and was the first comprehensive study of the nation's mental health system since 1978.

Saturday, November 1, 2003
Bunker Hill Community College
Boston, Massachusetts
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

This one-day conference is designed to bring together people with depression and their family members who are affected by the condition. The conference focuses on how your whole family can work together in managing the condition; talk about it as a family; and strengthen family resiliency and understanding in dealing with the condition.

Keynote Speaker: Martha Manning. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Manning is the author of A Place to Land, a heartrending account of a personal relationship that helped her heal herself while helping someone else.

Saturday
November 1, 2003
Bunker Hill Community College
Boston, MA

8:30- 9:00
Registration and breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 am
Welcome: Julie Totten, President, Families for Depression Awareness

9:10 – 9:30 am
Opening Remarks: Elizabeth Childs, Commissioner of Mental Health

9:30- 10:15 am
Coping with Depression in the Family: Julie Totten, President, Families for Depression Awareness

10:15 – 10:30 am
Morning Break

10:35 -11:35 am - MORNING WORKSHOPS

A. Major Depression and Treatments
Dr. Alex Bodkin, McLean Hospital
Dr. David Mischoulon, Massachusetts General Hospital
B.

Bipolar Disorder and Treatments
Dr. Andrew Stoll, McLean Hospital
Dr. Roy Perlis, Massachusetts General Hospital

C. Children and Treatments
Dr. Eva Szigethy
Children’s Hospital

11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Lunch and Support Groups

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Martha Manning,
Keynote Speaker

12:45 – 1:15 pm
Keynote speaker: Dr. Martha Manning, clinical psychologist and author of Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface and A Place to Land: Lost and Found in an Unlikely Friendship

1:15-1:30 pm
Sharing our Stories: Irving Brudnick

1:30 – 2:15 pm Family Panel
With Anne Sheffield, Author, Depression Fallout: The Impact of Depression On Couples and What You Can Do to Preserve the Bond

2:15 – 2:30 pm
Book signing* and afternoon break

2:30- 3:45 pm - AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

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D. Communication skills for helping someone with Depression
Alexis Henry, Boston University/UMass Medical School
E. Cognitive behavioral skills for those with
Depression

Dr. Stephen McDermott, Massachusetts General Hospital
F. Multicultural Perspectives
Carolyn Reynolds & Dr. Alberto Barreto
Dimock Community Health Center
G. Helping Someone in Crisis
Kim Kates & Roberta Hurtig, Samaritans of Boston
Dr. Beth Murphy, McLean Hospital

*BOOK SIGNING
Copies of the authors' books will be available for sale and personalized signing at the conference. Check or cash only.

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Saturday
November 1, 2003
Bunker Hill Community College
Boston, MA

More than 200 people attended our conference November 1, 2003.

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Participant Comments

  • “A very uplifting conference. Caregiving can be so isolating.” — Mary Lou Osborne
  • “Excellent! Hats off to you! Keep it up!”
  • “It was informative, helpful, and gave me a sense of hope.”
  • “Thank you so much for this great day! It was a great blessing.” — Joanne Carey
  • “Great conference, I will tell lots of people about it. Can't believe this is only your second conference. Keep up the good work.” — Alex Nunnelly
  • “It took six plus hours to get here from Maine, but well worth coming!!” — Joanne Marian-Addison
  • "I have received many blessings today. Validation, Openness and acceptance. This has been a wonderful, informative conference. Thank you.” — Mary Anne Wilson
  • “I was extremely impressed with this conference-the quality of speakers and of the information.” — Nina Ryan
  • “The conference allowed me to learn about crisis planning, be affirmed that there is hope of a good future for our daughter, and to connect with others who are walking the same parenting road we are. Knowing that we are not alone keeps our hope, spirit, and energy up to the task of parenting.”
  • “It was a wonderful experience, both as a participant and as a presenter. I felt a genuine sense of belonging and acceptance throughout the day, which is something that is usually quite foreign to me because of my illness.” — Christopher Drummy
  • “My wife wore her Families for Depression Awareness button to work on Sunday. Throughout her hours at work she experienced a great number of responses--many from strangers--acknowledging the message. One example of genuine human connection was a spontaneous hug of support she received from one customer who indicated a personal experience with depression, and at least a passing resolve to honor the call to end the silence.”
  • “I wear my button proudly and tell everyone I meet about the conference.”

Saturday
November 1, 2003
Bunker Hill Community College
Boston, MA

Sponsors

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Wyeth
  • Massachusetts General Hospital: Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute Resource Center
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • SLS Health
  • Store 24

Collaborating Organizations

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, New England (AFSP-NE)
  • Bay Cove Human Services
  • Children’s Hospital of Boston
  • Dimock Community Health Center
  • Manic Depressive and Depressive Association (Boston)
  • McLean Hospital
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Massachusetts (NAMI- Mass)
  • Samaritans of Boston
  • UMass Medical School

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Saturday
November 1, 2003
Bunker Hill Community College
Boston, MA

Building on the success of last year, this one-day conference, Coping with Depression in the Family, is designed to bring together people with depression and their family members who are affected by the condition.

martha-manning

Martha Manning,
Keynote Speaker

The conference focuses on how your whole family can work together in managing the condition; talk about it as a family; and strengthen family resiliency and understanding in dealing with the condition. At the conference, you will:

  • Get an update on the latest treatments for major depression and bipolar disorder
  • Learn a step-by-step approach to breaking the silence of depression and talking about the condition as a family
  • Network with other families coping with depression
  • Learn how to help someone in crisis
  • Meet prominent speakers on depression
  • Join our panelists discussing the multicultural issues surrounding depression.
  • Develop new communication and coping skills for managing depression in the family

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