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White House Hosts Conference to Boost Awareness and Understanding of Mental Health PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 June 2013

white house sealToday, Monday, June 3rd, President Obama and Vice President Biden are hosting a National Conference on Mental Health at the White House as part of the Administration’s effort to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness of mental health.

"There should be no shame in discussing or seeking help for treatable illnesses that affect too many people that we love," President Obama said during his opening remarks.

 
Cyberbullying Increases Risk of Teen Suicide PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 May 2013

girl_crying According to the Center for Disease Control's first ever data on cyberbullying, cyberbullying triples the risk of suicide in teens.

"Suicide attempts that required treatment were more than three times as likely in teenagers who reported being bullied online, compared with youths who were not bullied, an analysis of federal data on more than 15,000 adolescents found," reports Sherry Boschert in this month's Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network article on the topic.

 
Mental Health Month Coming to a Close and Other Related News PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 May 2013

president_obamaMay is Mental Health Awareness Month!  Although the month is coming to a close, we wanted to share some of the top news stories that we have been following with you.

President Obama's Proclamation of May as Mental Health Awareness Month discussed the need to eliminate the stigma of depressive disorders because it can act as a barrier to treatment. He wrote, "We need to make sure [people with a mental health condition] know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness -- it is a sign of strength."

 
How the Teen Depression Webinar Helped My Clients PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 May 2013

katie_duffinKatie Duffin, A Los Angeles native, counsels parents of California’s Welfare-to-Work program. “The parents I work with are generally open-minded and supportive,” Katie says.  “They want to do right by their kids but they don’t always know how.

 
My Battle With Depression Made Me a More Effective Mediator PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 May 2013

susanhuntleySusan Huntley is a mediator who has suffered with depression. Read about how she is working on behalf of students in need of mental health services.

 
Learn How to Talk to a Teen Who Has Depression But Won't Get Help PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 April 2013

mom_and_teenTeens who are dealing with depression are often reluctant to seek help.  Our upcoming May 29th Teen Depression Webinar will teach parents, school staff, youth workers, and other adults how to spot teen depression and help young people who may be resistant.  The webinar is free and also covers other topics such as signs of self injury and treatment options.

 
UPDATED: Asian American Teens Honored for Mental Health Work PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Sudan PhotovoiceNine Malden High School students involved in the “Capturing Community Wellness through Photovoice” photography exhibit are set to receive the 2013 Distinguished Service in Mental Health Advocacy award presented by Families for Depression Awareness. The award is being presented at our Strides Against Stigma event on April 27th at Boston University’s Nickerson Field.

 

 
Strides Against Stigma Team Pulls Ahead in Fundraising PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 April 2013

team_st_paulsAs we approach the final days leading up to our Strides Against Stigma event, we want to highlight one of the registered teams that is leading the pack in fundraising.  Team St. Paul's, led by last year's top Strides Against Stigma fundraiser Dan Fields, has pulled ahead with their combination of personal appeals to friends and family and public events.

 
Silver Linings Playbook Stars Confront Mental Health Stigma PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013

silver_linings_playbookRarely a week passes that we don’t hear about the consequences of stigmatizing depressive disorders.  We at FFDA are committed to bringing you stories of people standing against stigma. The recent attention paid to the film “Silver Linings Playbook” has proved to be a catalyst for further discussion about stigma.

 
Why Men Should Register for Strides Against Stigma PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 March 2013

dan_pellyDan Pellegrini, a Families for Depression Awareness volunteer and suicide prevention activist, devotes much of his time telling others about his experience with depression.  He is particularly interested in getting his message of wellness to men.  Dan attended our 2012 Strides Against Stigma event and, in the following interview, explains why he thinks other men should register for our April 27, 2013 event.

 
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