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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? 

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)

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