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Two athlete suicides highlight need for depression education PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 July 2011

hidekiTwo well-known and accomplished athletes, Hideki Irabu and Jeret "Speedy" Peterson made headline news this past week, when both men tragically took their own lives.  The circumstances surrounding both of their deaths have highlighted the struggles of people with depression, and show that nobody, not even world-class athletes, are immune to depressive disorders.

Some blaming Winehouse's death on untreated bipolar disorder PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 July 2011


Amy Winehouse, 27-year-old singer of the 2008 hit, “Rehab,” was found dead Saturday, July 23rd.  Initial autopsy reports were inconclusive, but many have begun to speculate that her heavy drug and alcohol abuse, alleged self-medication for untreated bipolar disorder, played a role.

Depression and the Strong Black Woman PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 July 2011

akusua_akotoIn my family, we were taught that emotions were messy and dirty and unnecessary. After all, if you were a “strong black woman,” you could handle anything, including a mother with paranoid schizophrenia.

Minorities face obstacles in mental health treatment, especially culture PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
minority businesswoman "Minorities face many obstacles to seeking treatment for mental health issues, and one of the most significant appears to be cultural stigmas against admitting and getting help for mental illness."*

The Detroit Press recently published an article on how the Detroit East Community Mental Health Center is reducing stigma around mental illness by holding a fair called "Summer Blast" that occurred on July 9th. Their main challenge was to get minorities to seek treatment for mental illness and take away the scariness of doing so. In fact, they even got referrals as a result of the fair.

July is Minority Mental Health Month PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011

african_american_manThe Surgeon General’s 2001 report on mental health and race/ethnicity showed that minorities are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for mental health issues.  Minorities are also more likely to encounter problems accessing care when they are diagnosed.  We at Families for Depression Awareness are fighting to bring light to these issues.

Guest blog: Yolonda Kelsor Clay PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
yolonda_clayI never wanted to talk about my own depression.  I have had depression since age 15 after my grandmother died.  I had lived with her and deeply missed her.  So much so, that I became suicidal.
People with Histories of Mental Illness Reclaim Gun Rights PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011

gun controlThe New York Times recently released an article about how "Some with Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back" by Michael Luo. While reading the article, quite a few points stuck out to me. First, although Mr. Luo makes a correlation between violence and mental illness without trying to restigmatize the idea, there was no mention of how ongoing treatment affects the probability of violence in those who have an illness.

Strides Against Stigma: Greetings from Event Co-Chair PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 July 2011

sarah_hillHello! My name is Sarah Hill, Co-Chair of Families for Depression Awareness' upcoming Strides Against Stigma walk event.  When I was first asked by Julie to co-chair the event, I was  both keen to get started and a little nervous. 

Families Can Help Their Churches Learn More About Depression PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 July 2011
churchThose who are deeply grounded in faith traditions often look to their religious leaders and fellow parishioners for support.  It is crucial for these communities to provide it—especially when families are dealing with depressive disorders. A recent Baylor University study surveyed nearly 6,000 Protestant churchgoers in 24 different churches.  According to a press release, co-author Dr. Diana Garland reports that, “Families with mental illness stand to benefit from their involvement within a congregation, but our findings suggest that faith communities fail to adequately engage these families because they lack awareness of the issues and understanding of the important ways that they can help.”
We teach families how to talk to their teen about depression PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011
family_profile_ronnienmichael02The results are in: Our June 13th webinar on teen depression was viewed by nearly 200 parents, school staff, clinicians, and youth workers from around the country!

For parents, school staff, and youth workers: go here to view an archived copy of the Teen Depression Education webinar.

There are so many people that wonder about teen behavior:  is it normal?  Is it depression?  What are the warning signs?  How do I talk to my angry teen about my concerns?  When should I intervene? 

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