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.
Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) helped me to see that I am not alone and gave me a voice. By educating as many people as possible, FFDA is working to end the stigma of depression and help families to recognize and cope with depressive disorders and get people well. Unfortunately, there are many individuals and families who still face the stigma of depression and need our help. I hope that you will consider making a gift this year to help FFDA continue to educate as many people as possible.
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,
Teen Speaker, Families for Depression Awareness