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Mental Health Awareness Week PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014

facebook-miaw-badgeOne in five adults experience mental illness in a given year. Chances are you know someone who is struggling, whether outwardly or in silence, or someone who is working on getting well.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we encourage you to help raise awareness. We hope to bring to light not only the realities of mental illness, but also the realities of wellness, and an understanding that with proper education and treatment, many people’s symptoms improve.

Here are some things you can do:

Help a Friend on World Suicide Prevention Day PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide, or approximately one death every 40 seconds. As many as 90% of suicides can be attributed to mental health conditions, which are mostly treatable.

You can help.

Waltham Boys and Girls Club Hosts Teen Depression Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Families for Depression Awareness Teen Depression Workshop at Waltham Boys and Girls Club

The Waltham, MA Boys and Girls Club recently welcomed Families for Depression Awareness to present the Teen Depression workshop for its staff. Workers at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club have been aware that some of the kids experience depression, and they notice self-harm among their members. It's a timely topic, as some of the youth recently participated in a program that focused on suicide among teens.

Sales Soaring of Robin Williams Tribute Nail Polish: Buy Yours Today to Support Depression Awareness PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Green Tribute Nail PolishWhen Carolyn Alderson, creator of Liquid Sky Lacquer nail polish, heard that Robin Williams died by suicide, she sprung into action.

Carolyn has dealt with depression in her own life and has lost family members to suicide. She decided to create a special line of nail polishes to honor his life and work.

Death of Robin Williams Highlights Continued Need for Depression Education PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

robin_williams_2011a_2We are saddened by the death of actor Robin Williams. His death by suicide demonstrates that the pain of depression is very real and reminds us that we should be attentive to ourselves and to others. It's important to acknowledge that both bipolar disorder and depression are treatable illnesses and for the vast majority of people treatment is successful. Each of us needs to feel empowered to seek help when we are struggling and to support others in doing the same.

Families for Depression Awareness and Care For Your Mind Represented at Nashville Sounds Game PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Event volunteer Valerie Cordero
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) was the "Charity of the Game" at the July 21st Nashville Sounds minor league baseball game. Valerie Cordero, Director of Development for Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA), participated in the event. Cordero and other volunteers distributed 500 bags containing information about mental health resources to basebal fans.
A Smartphone App to Monitor Moods PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2014

womanonphonePeople with bipolar disorder may soon be able to use their phones to track their moods, just by using their voices. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed and are testing a smartphone app called PRIORI that analyzes vocal changes in hopes of recognizing early warning signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder.

Marijuana and Mental Health PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2014


Teens struggling with depression are twice as likely as their peers to use marijuana, and marijuana use may double a teen's risk of developing depression. This is concerning because many individuals, both teens and adults, are turning to marijuana as a means of self-medicating depression. As the legalization of marijuana use has increased, so has the need for research around the effects of marijuana on brain development, brain functioning, and mental health. 

Spiritual Communites Helping People With Depression PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 July 2014


July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which brings to light issues related to mental health treatment access within multicultural communities. Each July, we focus on embracing diversity and raising awareness of mental health needs and resources for individuals and families of all cultural backgrounds.

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Learns to Cope with Stress PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 July 2014

Heading to our Coping with Stress training on Martha's VineyardKicking off the summer season, Program Director Susan Weinstein headed to Martha's Vineyard to present our Coping with Stress workshop to employees of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). More than 30 people attended the session, where they learned a variety of stress management techniques and what to do when struggling with "more than stress," generally anxiety or depression.

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