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Internet Activist Aaron Swartz's Suicide Prompts Tech Community to Talk About Depression PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 January 2013

SwartzThe January 11th suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz has attracted international attention and intensified the spotlight already focused on mental health awareness. Swartz’s death has sparked countless blogs and op-articles detailing his numerous contributions to the tech world while contemplating the factors that lead to his death.

New Mentor Program for Youth with Mental Illness in their Families PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 January 2013

CFCS-LogoOur friends at the Cambridge Family & Children's Service are launching a program to pair local youth who have a relative with a mental illness with an adult mentor with similiar life experiences. This Cambridge-based program is accepting new mentors and mentees, so read on for more information and consider getting involved!

Dr. Carol Glod on Teen Depression PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2013

expert_profile_glodDr. Carol Glod, a member of our Advisory Board and Director of Nursing Research at McLean Hospital, conducts studies on adolescent depression and its possible treatments. We asked her to share some insights with us about how common teen depression is, what it looks like, and what parents can do. 

Holiday Stress: Some Final Thoughts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 December 2012
gingerbread_menFor the past several weeks we have posted blogs giving you suggestions about how to keep a handle on the stress that comes with the holiday season. This is our final blog of the "Holiday Stress" series, and we hope you have found it helpful. These final three points are particularly relevant as family members start to arrive, and all of your activities and hardwork come to fruition.
Holiday Stress: Self Care PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 December 2012

scalp_massageOne of the most important things to remember during the holiday season is to take care of yourself. Self-care is critically important all year round, but particularly when you are under a lot of stress. These three tips are to help you manage your stress by taking care of your self. When you're feeling relaxed and well, you'll enjoy the holiday so much more!

Holiday Stress: Communication and Frustration PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
noPart 4 of our "Holiday Stress" blog series focuses on how to manage your stress when things start to go wrong. The two seemingly simple ideas below can be difficult to master, but once you successfully implement them, you may find that the hiccups in your carefully laid plans seem smaller and easier to overcome.
Teenage Moodiness or a Mood Disorder? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 December 2012

baystate_parent_coverJulie Totten, President & Founder of Families for Depression Awareness was interviewed for an article in December's issue of Bay State Parent. The article, titled "Teenage Moodiness or a Mood Disorder?" covers the signs and symptoms of mood disorders and gives parents some practical advice about helping their teen. Click here to download the full article (PDF).

To read the whole December issue of Bay State Parent, visit

Watch our free 1 hour Teen Depression webinar to learn more about what depression looks like, and how you can help.

Carol's Story: A Caregiver's Perspective PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 December 2012
CarolTwenty-one years ago, my family lost my brother in a tragic car accident. The loss caused all of us incredible grief and sadness, and each of us coped in our own way. We soon saw that the grief my sister was experiencing was different. Her depression deepened and the loss became too much for her to bear, leading to her hospitalization.
Holiday Stress: Staying Balanced PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 December 2012

StressYou’ve developed a realistic plan, divided your time, and you’ve set a budget. Now how do you manage the stress that comes with the inevitable (and often unavoidable) deviations from the plan? Stay stress free by being self-aware and balanced. Balance is a key concept at this time of year, and these tips will help you keep perspective throughout the holiday season.

Holiday Stress: How to Cope PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 November 2012
Holiday-StressOur first holiday stress blog identified some of the common sources of stress this season. We listed time constraints, financial concerns, a demanding schedule, family expectations, and emotional triggers as big contributors. Today's blog is focused on how to set yourself up for success this holiday season, and directly addresses some of the sources of stress. We hope these guidelines will help set you off on the right foot.
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