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Court rules for the VA to improve its mental health services PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
us-deptofveteransaffairs-sealReuters recently released an article reporting that the federal appeals court is accusing Congress and the president of neglect and "unchecked incompetence" in delivering mental health care services to veterans. The numbers are staggering – 84,000 veterans are on the waiting list for mental health care services and 18 veterans are committing suicide a day (as reported in the article).
The Lasting Impact of Bullying: a Personal Perspective PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011
girl_cryingI immigrated to the United States from England with my family when I was 12 years old. Reading the tragic story of Phoebe Prince, the Irish immigrant that took her life as a result of being bullied, brought back some uncomfortable memories of my own time in middle school, when my peers targeted me for being “different.” The harassment I faced was never so bad that I couldn’t handle it, but it definitely left deep and lasting scars on my psyche. 
My Call with a War Veteran PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 May 2011
american_flagMichael just called our office. He's a veteran, in his words "100% disabled," and working hard to recover from his battle experiences. He picked up the phone and called to ask us if we could spare a few copies of one of our brochures, "Coping with Stress."  Michael doesn't remember how he got the dog-eared copy he already has; he just knows that it has been helpful to him.
Talking to JetBlue about Depression PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 May 2011

jetblue_planeAs a former Customer Care manager, I have been impressed for years with the high quality of service JetBlue offers. I have always noticed that their employees appear to be genuinely happy and enjoy serving the public. It was fascinating to visit their headquarters and have a window into their behind-the-scenes activities.

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.

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