Since I started as Executive Director in June, I’ve met with hundreds of people that are involved in our work helping families. These have included numerous clinicians and mental health providers; elected officials; families who are currently providing care for a loved one who suffers from bipolar disorder or depression; folks who are themselves struggling to get well from their own condition; suicide loss survivors; teenagers wanting to help other teens understand mental illness by sharing their own stories; and dozens of colleagues in the world of mental health nonprofits.
In talking with nearly every one of these people I’ve come to understand how important community is in all of our lives – especially those of us dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide.
We're always keeping our eyes on what's happening in the news pertaining to mental health. Here are some of our favorite articles from this month!
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month! In recognition of that, we wanted to share with you some resources available on the Families for Depression Awareness website that shed light on this important issue.
With one month as Executive Director of Families for Depression Awareness behind me, it’s even more evident to me that this organization is doing important, life-changing, and life-saving work.
FFDA Executive Director Marlin Collingwood with Arthur C. Evans, Ph.D., Commissioner, Department of Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Philadelphia
Families for Depression Awareness was again well represented at The Kennedy Forum conference, held on June 9th in Boston. Executive Director Marlin Collingwood and Director of Programs and Marketing Susan Weinstein engaged in learning, dialogue, and networking with policymakers, educators, researchers, advocates, business leaders, providers, and people with the lived experience of mental health and substance use disorders. The Kennedy Forum event sought to advance critical discussions about the science, practice, financing, and delivery of care and services. In addition, as conference attendees Marlin and Susan were able to participate in discussions examining the future of mental health in this nation and abroad.
Is a member of your family struggling with a mental health issue?
Could you use some guidance on establishing family roles and boundaries?
Do you need some help taking the necessary steps to get mental health care?
Does your family need some practice with healthier communication?
This year, we have been fortunate to receive sponsorship support from Lindner Center of HOPE, a nonprofit mental health center in Mason, Ohio. We are pleased to be partnering with an organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of individuals and families and bringing hope to so many who are struggling.
Our winter and spring calendars have been full of in-person trainings!
Just this month alone, we’ve been on the road from Malden to South Dennis, meeting with professionals, parents, community leaders, and teenagers.
We’ve had a busy couple of months and wouldn’t have been nearly as productive without the help of our amazing intern, Courtney! Here’s what she says about her time at the FFDA office.
Over the past several weeks, I have been working at Families for Depression Awareness, a national non-profit organization based in Waltham. The mission of the organization is to prevent suicide and help people with depression and bipolar disorder, as well as their families, find support and coping solutions. There are a variety of components that go into making a small organization work. Everyone has a role, and every role intertwines sometimes.
Do you care about children’s mental health? On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Families for Depression Awareness will join other nonprofit organizations and 1,100 communities across the country in celebrating National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to bring attention to the importance of positive mental health from birth.