Rarely a week passes that we don’t hear about the consequences of stigmatizing depressive disorders. We at FFDA are committed to bringing you stories of people standing against stigma. The recent attention paid to the film “Silver Linings Playbook” has proved to be a catalyst for further discussion about stigma.
Dan Pellegrini, a Families for Depression Awareness volunteer and suicide prevention activist, devotes much of his time telling others about his experience with depression. He is particularly interested in getting his message of wellness to men. Dan attended our 2012 Strides Against Stigma event and, in the following interview, explains why he thinks other men should register for our April 27, 2013 event.
The American Psychological Association's Stress in America™ survey released this month indicated that stress levels in the American adult population continue to creep upward and two-thirds of people say they are not doing a good job of managing their stress. As we discuss in our Coping with Stress and Depression webinar, unmanaged stress can lead to anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, the majority of people surveyed (53 percent) report that they are getting little or no stress management support from their health care providers.
There has been much to-do about the newest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the book used by the majority of clinicians to recognize and diagnose mental disorders. The latest edition will be published in May. The proposed changes have stirred up quite a bit of controversy. One of the many revisions found in the DSM-5 is the change to the diagnostic criteria for major depression.
With news of another shooting in Texas, there will be continued debate on gun control. We want to make sure that you are aware that President Obama's "Now is the Time" Plan (released last week) covers more than gun control. The Plan includes substantial recommendations to improve mental health services that will help all of us.
Families for Depression Awareness is thrilled to announce that we have been named as a top ten online depression resource by GoodTherapy.org!
The 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.
Our 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, 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.