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Helping Your College Student Maintain Wellness PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 February 2014

book-15584_640College is filled with fun and independence, but also many responsibilities, which can stress out your teen. According to the Archives of General Psychiatry, about half of college students will have some mental health concerns, often depression. The American College Health Association posted a similar study showing that 6.2% of students considered suicide and 1.3% attempted it. While depression is a large concern for college students and their families, there are ways to lessen depressive symptoms and promote wellness.

FFDA Raises Concerns About Medication Access PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
medsTaking away access to antidepressants is bad policy for people on Medicare. That's the message from Julie Totten, President and Founder of Families for Depression Awareness, and Allen Doederlein, President of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, in an Op-Ed piece published in "The Hill".
Study Shows Bullying Leads to Poor Mental Health in Teens PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 February 2014

alexandra_styronA study of nearly 4,300 kids reveals that both chronic and current bullying negatively affect mental and physical health, including higher levels of depression and lower sense of self-worth.

The connection between mental health and bullying in adolescents is striking; nearly 90% of high school-aged children experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems also report being bullied.
Depression and the Autism Spectrum PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 February 2014
jfrazDr. Jean Frazier of UMass Medical School is interviewed in this story about the barriers to treating depression, and other mental illnesses, in people on the autism spectrum. Dr. Frazier will be speaking at a conference Families for Depression Awareness is co-sponsoring on March 14. If you are interested in learning more about the intersection of AS and depression, you can learn more about the conference here.
Beating the Winter Blues PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 February 2014

sad_snowmanSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can pose serious mental health problems, especially during the winter season. SAD, like bipolar disorder and depression, can be mild to very severe. Often referred to as "the winter blues," it is caused by a lack of natural sunlight, and is rooted in lower levels of naturally occurring Vitamin D in the body. About 20% of adults suffer from the mild form, known as subsyndromal SAD.

Care for Your Mind Advocacy Panel PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 January 2014
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  • Are you concerned about mental health care in the US?
  • Is your life affected by depression or bipolar disorder?
  • Would you like to voice your opinions?

Join the Care for Your Mind™ Advocacy Panel!

Mindfulness Meditation in the Battle Against Depression PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 January 2014

manmeditatesMind awareness is one of the newest topics discussed by psychologist researchers. The idea grew from the Buddhist practice of meditation and body awareness, or mindfulness meditation. As research continues, more people suffering from mild forms of depression implement this practice in their daily lives – many experiencing a positive outcome! For those with mild cases of depression, relapses into depressive episodes were halved.

The Many Types of Talk Therapy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 January 2014

grouptherapyTalk therapy is proven to effectively treat depression and bipolar disorder for most people, but which style of treatment does one choose?

Bipolar Disorder News and Information PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 January 2014

teen-girls-comfortingBipolar disorder is not talked about very much in the news, and very few people understand the disease completely. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about bipolar disorder, here are a few great places to start:

Teen Speakers Reach Over 150 High School Students PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 January 2014


Last month, our speakers Courtney, Olivia, and Casey shared their respective stories of depression and mental health with students at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. The speakers also presented educational material to the students, who expressed gratitude for the chance to hear about depression, and to learn how to help themselves or someone else in need. Several students shared how comforting it was to know that they are not alone in having depression, and were relieved that so many resources exist to help them.

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