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Thank you Glee for touching on the stigma around mental illness PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 May 2011

gleeThe hit Fox television show Glee is not just for musical/show choir fanatics. Sure, the singing and performances are amazing to watch, but the main theme of each show usually deals with a much more serious issue. 

Teens Speak at High School about Depression PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 May 2011

emma_and_casey_at_rj_grey_junior_hsWe are so proud of our Teen Volunteers! Emma Schwartz (l) and Casey Lorusso (r) presented at a high school in Massachusetts and were then interviewed by Elizabeth Leaver of the Acton Patch. Their courage to speak up and tell their story is inspiration to all of us here at Families for Depression Awareness. 

May is Mental Health Month and a variety of organizations have activities PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 May 2011

mha_and_nami_logosMay is Mental health month and a variety of organizations have activities. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite ways to acknowledge the challenges of mental illness and celebrate our victories over the disease. 

Join Our Event Committee to Stop Stigma! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 May 2011

stop_stigmaIt is truly astounding how much work goes into putting together an event! Families for Depression Awareness will kick off May 2012's Mental Health Awareness month by bringing people together to raise awareness of depressive disorders, reduce stigma, and honor those that have been lost to suicide.

Ashley Judd Speaking at a Forum in Boston PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 May 2011

I was always an admirer of Ashley Judd’s humanitarian work and found it inspirational; my husband has always been a huge fan of her film career. So when the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University announced she would be a speaker on April 15th, how could we pass up the opportunity to see and hear her speak.

Study Finds That Obese Teens Are Not More Likely to be Depressed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2011

scaleIn a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health online, researchers tracked 51 severely obese teens grades 7-12 to see if they could find a link between depression and obesity.

Mental Health Screening for Pregnant Women PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2011

pregnant_womanOne of our staff members recently gave birth to her first child!  Her prenatal care included a lot of visits to the OB/GYN.

Our Stress Webinar was a Success! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 April 2011
coping_with_stress_brochureStressed?  Not anymore.  On April 26, 2011, we presented our “Coping with Stress and Depression” webinar to viewers from all across the country.  Jon Mattleman and Families for Depression Awareness president, Julie Totten, talked about stress, anxiety, depressive disorders and ways to cope with each.  Over 300 people registered for the event, and 85% of survey respondents rated the webinar as “good” or “excellent.” 
Rising Above Tragedy Article Babson 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 March 2011

rising_above_tragedy_articleThe Winter 2011 issue of Babson's alumni magazine features a gripping profile of Julie Totten, President and Founder of Families for Depression Awareness, and Marc Bellanger, board member of Samaritans.  The two suicide survivors and Babson alums discuss how the deaths of their family members set them on the path of suicide prevention.  Download the article, "Rising Above Tragedy" (311KB)

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