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Why I Stride by Rich Roberts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 December 2011

Jas_HS_FBFor his entire life Jason was a fun loving popular kid who always made those around him feel good. He was caring, respectful, creative and active in sports throughout his life. Suddenly one day he seemed to just hop in his truck and drive out of childhood off to college with a promising life ahead of him.

Men and Depression; the Death of Gary Speed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 December 2011

Gary_SpeedGary Speed was a highly regarded and widely respected Welsh soccer player and manager. He was captain of the Welsh National team, and later served as manager. Gary Speed made different headlines last week, when he took his life shortly after appearing on a TV show.

Balanced Mind Foundation Offers New Webinars PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 November 2011

balanced_mind_foundationThe Balanced Mind Foundation is thrilled to announce an exciting six webinar series for this fall.  Each webinar will feature an American College of Neuropsychopharmacology member who specializes in childhood mood disorders and will provide families with information about the latest research and related developments.

International Survivors of Suicide Day PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 November 2011

intl_survivors_of_suicideThis annual program provides mutual support and practical guidance on coping with grief after suicide in cities around the world and online in two days-- Saturday, November 19, 2011. Survivors of suicide loss share their stories and answer the questions that so many survivors face, “Why did this happen?” “How will I cope?” Presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


NBC Nightly News featured Families for Depression Awareness PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 November 2011


Terrie Williams, a Families for Depression Awareness volunteer, and Julie Totten, our president and founder, were featured on NBC Nightly News on Sunday, October 23rd.  Their segment covered the CDC’s recent study of antidepressants, which showed a 400% increase in usage.

Strides Against Stigma: An Exciting Development! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 November 2011

Planning an event as large as Strides Against Stigma certainly has it challenges, but for every challenge we’ve faced, we’ve managed to find a way to work it out. Progress is addictive, and we’ve been fortunate to be continually making progress with Strides Against Stigma, in large part due to the incredible group of volunteers that are helping us plan and execute the event.

So, what progress has been made since our last update? WE HAVE A VENUE!!!

Parents: Reduce Your Halloween Stress PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 October 2011


Halloween can be a fun time for those of us who have young children.  You get to help them pick out a costume and watch their excitement as they prepare for the big day.  This holiday can, however, be a source of stress for some parents.

Why Strides Against Stigma Matters: Join the Fight PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 October 2011

daniel_and_denise2I'm Daniel Saroff, Chair of the Registration and Web Teams for Strides Against Stigma, and Board Member of Families for Depression Awareness. Denise, my wife of 16 years, companion of 19 years and friend for 24 years, committed suicide in 2010 after struggling with depression since her teens. Depression destroys lives and is particularly pernicious because it destroys those very coping skills we can best use to fight it: faith in self, trust in others, belief in self worth, ability to seek help, trust that things can get better.

Helping My Middle Child Cope with Siblings Diagnosed with BPD PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 October 2011

nanciBy the time our oldest daughter Lisa* was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 9, our lives were anything but normal.  With each new day it wasn’t a matter of “if," it was a matter of “when.” When would she sink into a paralyzing depression? When would she melt down, explode, or become locked in on a seemingly arbitrary obsession?

Dealing with My Difficult Family Situation on the Road to Mental Health PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011

stuart_woodingBoth of my parents were orphans.  They raised four children in a parental framework riddled with insecurity.  I’m the eldest and have a diagnosis of affective bipolar disorder. My siblings suffer from dyslexia and other psychological problems about which they are firmly secretive.

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