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high school studentsAcross the country, middle and high school students are preparing to enter the classroom again in the coming weeks. This time can be exciting for students looking forward to catching up with their friends and checking out their new classes. It can also mean a new load of triggers for teens with depression or bipolar; waking up early to get to school, staying up late to catch up on classwork, and extracurricular activities that take up a few hours each day can leave students feeling exhausted and stressed out. Below is a list of ways you can work with your teen and their school to ensure a smooth academic year.

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This time of year, college and university campuses around the country are being prepared for the start of the academic year. If you’ve got a teen with a mood disorder, college can seem like a scary prospect, especially if this is going to be their first year. Below is a list of things you can do to smooth the transition to college life.

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For those of you who’ve missed it, Families for Depression Awareness has been contributing some interesting work to Care for Your Mind over the past couple of weeks. Care for Your Mind is a collaborative project of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and our organization, in which individuals affected by the mental health care system can share and discuss their experiences.


The following excerpts are from a letter sent to us in March 2013.

On December 22, 2012, my boyfriend, John, and I were sitting in the living room enjoying a relaxing Saturday afternoon when we got the phone call that informed us that his mother had taken her own life.

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U.S. News Ranks McLean Hospital No. 1 for Psychiatry

Brain Imaging Shows Differences in Preschoolers with Depression

Americans Living Longer, But Chronic Conditions Like Depression Affect Quality of Life

CwS Workshop w Charlene Gooch at MA RehabFamilies for Depression Awareness recently presented the Coping with Stress and Depression Workshop to employees at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. State funding enables us to conduct free on-site Coping with Stress and Depression trainings to businesses, nonprofits, and agencies across the Commonwealth.

Teen Girl beachA recent study has found that the mental health of teenagers has worsened significantly since 2006, with lower-income kids being hit the hardest. But parents can help their teens stay on the path to wellness, even during the summer!

Hands reaching

By Justin

Last Sunday night, my wife dropped me off 20 minutes early to get the 7:56 pm Amtrak train to Boston. I walked around the station and, as usual, it was practically deserted. A young woman was sitting on a bench texting. 

The only other person present was an older man in his late 50s or 60s with white, disheveled hair and scruffy facial whiskers, wearing shorts but no shirt. He was standing quietly on the train track, casually looking around with vacant eyes. Unlike a kid who jumps on and off the track, the man was standing still.

For years I have made fun of my wife for constantly calling the police to report “suspicious” activities. I am repeatedly telling her to mind her own business. But this scene was unsettling, so I walked up to the man.

eugineJuly is Minority Mental Health Month! We want to first acknowledge all of the mental health pioneers of color who have paved the way by discussing issues of stigma, fighting for equal access to services for all, and by serving their communities as clinicians, social workers and advocates. 

Although we still have a long way to go before everyone has access to affordable, culturally competent care there are more resources available today than ever before.

teens_outdoorsIt’s summertime and our kids are finished with school. For many parents, finding childcare or some sort of structured leisure activity for their children is a major task. For parents of a teenager with depression or bipolar disorder, the concern is heightened considerably.

Structured environments of predictable schedules, classes with expectations and accountability, and regular social contact are suddenly replaced by months of free time. Parents have the extra worry that isolation at home and a disrupted schedule may send some teens into a more depressed state. Here are some suggestions on how you can keep your teen on the track to wellness during the summer months.


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