4. Do your regular and holiday online shopping at smile.amazon.comand designate Families for Depression Awareness as your charity of choice
"Families for Depression Awareness has helped me to heal and has given me the opportunity to share our family story with other people." - Colin
Honoring Jason: A Message From Rich
My son, Jason, was an upbeat, smart, athletic, and caring kid. He was the type of kid who loved life.
Shortly before entering college, his doctor said that he thought Jason had depression. When I asked Jason about this diagnosis, he told me he was the happiest kid in the world. Sadly, he fooled everyone including himself. He took his life during his first semester of college.
I know that there is nothing we can do to help Jason now, but I also know that we can make sure other families do not suffer as we have. By making a donation, you can help FFDA move closer to their goal of educating as many families as possible. We can ensure that teens struggling with depression get the help they need. More importantly, we can honor Jason's life and prevent other families from experiencing a tragic and unnecessary loss.
-Rich R., Volunteer, Families for Depression Awareness
Growing up, I was successful in school, incredibly social, and had a good relationship with my family. Everything changed during my sophomore year of high school. I couldn't concentrate. I stopped spending time with my friends and started failing classes. I knew something was wrong but I was embarrassed to talk to my family. I thought it was something I could solve on my own.
I finally found the courage to ask my Mom for help. I was eventually hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. With the support of my family, I started treatment. Even though I started feeling better, I felt alone. My friends and even adults understood very little about depression. Fortunately, my mom found an article written by a girl struggling with depression who was a Teen Speaker for Families for Depression Awareness. It was comforting to know that there were other teens like me; I thought she was so brave for sharing her story. I knew that I wanted to help others.
FFDA has empowered me to talk to parents, teachers, and teens at schools and public events about my struggles with depression. Sharing my story has enabled me to fight the stigma that I have felt because of the fear and lack of understanding that surrounds depressive disorders.
There are many more families like mine who need your help. Families for Depression Awareness gave me my voice, and your donation can help give a voice to the many other families struggling with depression.
With Sincere Thanks,
Olivia Teen Speaker, Families for Depression Awareness
P.S. In the United States alone, 20% of teens experience depression, but 80% never receive help. Every $5 you give helps FFDA educate one more family. Your donation is tax-deductible.
Help Us Save Lives!
Depression destroys lives and is the leading cause of suicide.
Families for Depression Awareness helps families get well and prevent suicides.
For every $100 that you give, we can provide education, training, and support to 20 families.