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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? 

Suicide in Florida generates some negative reactions PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011

tombstone_flagWhen a suicide occurs, many people have mixed emotions and opinions. The ones who were close with the victim have one opinion, often mixed with a myriad of confusing emotions and sadness, while outside opinions can go either way. What some commentators are saying about a recent suicide in Florida, however, shows how misunderstanding of depressive disorders creates so much stigma around mental illness. 

IBM Teaches Families for Depression Awareness More About Social Media PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 June 2011

I just had the wonderful pleasure of attending IBM's Celebration of Service conference titled the Future of Marketing Communication at Harvard University.

Volunteer Perspective Part Two: Speaking to Other Teens about Bipolar Disorder PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2011

oliviaOn my way to Woburn Memorial High for my first speaking engagement with the Teen Speakers Program, I had no idea how the students would react to me. Due to the summer weather outside and their last day of classes approaching, it was somewhat of a challenge to get them to listen. But, for the period of time Emma and I spoke on June 8th, I was pleasantly surprised to notice a lot of wandering eyes shift their attention toward us.

Volunteer Perspective: Speaking to Other Teens about Depression PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 June 2011

loren_olivia_and_emmaYesterday I spoke to an audience of mostly underclassmen at Woburn Memorial High School, and was greeted by group of summer-bound teenagers, most of whom entered the gym listening to ipods or chatting with friends. I could tell it was the end of the school year, but I hoped to hold their attention for twenty minutes or so, just to share with them a few basic points about my struggles with depression.  (photo, l-r: Loren Baccari, School Adjustment Counselor; Olivia, volunteer; Emma, volunteer)

Law Firm Honors Our Board Member for Pro Bono Service PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2011

blind_justice_clip_art_hightJerome B. Tichner, Jr., a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, is being honored with an award for his exceptional commitment to pro bono work and service to the community.  Jerry is a member of the Board of Directors for Families for Depression Awareness, and selected us to receive a donation from the firm in his honor of $1,500. Thank you Jerry!

Jerry has done impressive work beyond Families for Depression Awareness, including supporting a network to provide free legal aid to patients in more than 225 hospitals and health centers.

To see Jerry's profile, download the "Pro Bono Annual Update: Securing Justice for All" pdf file, and read his profile on page 21.  More information on the pro bono and community service activies of McDermott Will & Emery can be found on their web site.


Ashley's Story - 19 with clinical depression and anxiety PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 June 2011
family_profile_ashleywithmomWe recently spoke with Ashley, a new teen speaker for Families for Depression Awareness, who wanted to share her story with us and, in turn, we are sharing it with you. Ashley was barely in high school when she was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety and went through a grueling few months before she found a treatment combination that worked for her. Now, she bravely shares her experiences to educate others about depression and that it's okay to reach out for help. Read more of her story here.
2011 MCSP Conference PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 May 2011
mcspThe Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention Annual Conference took place last week (May 24-May 25).  Families for Depression Awareness representatives exhibited materials and networked with others about our programs.  Additionally, we ran our “Coping With Stress” workshop with Dr. Charlene Gooch as the presenter.  The workshop was well attended, and several of the participants have signed on to become “Coping With Stress” trainers!
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