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family_profile_pataWe stumbled across a “Dear Prudence” letter from a couple with a significant history of mental illness who were agonizing over whether or not they should have children. The writer describes herself as someone who has OCD, depression, and PTSD, while her fiancé struggles with social anxiety and alcoholism. They both love children, and have discussed starting a family. But, they have serious concerns about how having kids could affect their mental health, and conversely, how their illnesses may affect their children.

VeteransCrisisLineLogoThe July 23 issue of Time Magazine article “The War On Suicide” brought the issue of veteran suicide into the mainstream news, and the living rooms and lives of all Americans. The article discussed the implications of the shocking statistic that in the first 155 days of 2012, 154 active duty American troops had committed suicide.

penguinAll year long we look forward to the beautiful dog days of summer: warmer weather, days at the beach, longer hours of daylight, grilling, amazing and bountiful summer produce, and getting some much needed rest and relaxation.

black_woman_pregnantWe’ve written several blog entries about post-partum depression, and thanks to the number of people speaking out about it, more women are being screened, and are receiving the help they need. One topic that we’ve never covered is prenatal depression – depression during pregnancy. Jessica Grose, a writer for Slate.com, wrote a beautiful article detailing her experiences with this debilitating form of depression.

rep jesse jackson jrOn Friday July 27, the Mayo Clinic released a statement announcing that Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., who has been absent from Washington since early June, is receiving treatment for depression and gastrointestinal issues at the clinic. “Further information will be released as Congressman Jackson’s evaluation proceeds,” the statement, which the clinic distributed on behalf of Mr. Jackson, said. 

Jennifer FerrisJennifer Ferris is no stranger to the helplessness and hopelessness that suffering from depression can cause. She struggled with depression starting at the young age of eight, but it was not until her mid-twenties that Jennifer was diagnosed with major depression and began to receive treatment.

mom talking to childAfter the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado that left twelve people dead and over fifty wounded, mental illness and access to mental health treatment has become a hot topic.

FYSOP_StudentsWe’re very excited to be a participating in Boston University’s 2012 First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP)!

Boston University’s FYSOP program offers incoming Boston University students the opportunity to get settled in their new community by performing a week of service before classes begin. The students participate in a program orientation, a full day of education, and spend three full days volunteering for local nonprofits.

jesse jackson jrWhen celebrities come forward to talk about their experiences with mental illness, they are often applauded and admired for their bravery. More and more often, stars are taking to news shows and magazine covers to share their stories. But, as Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. discovered last week, elected officialswith mental illnesses often do not receive the same response.

affordablecareactAfter the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to uphold Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the political and public reaction overwhelmed newsrooms, but did little to explain how the act hurts or helps Americans. New York Times journalist and MD, Richard Friedman, took a closer look at what the Affordable Care Act actually means for Americans with mental illness, and had some surprising conclusions.


 

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