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"Unless you are in the Witness Protection Program, keeping family secrets is never a good idea."

Read Michael Rafferty's April 23rd blog about Strides Against Stigma

Stanley discusses why he's involved in Strides Against Stigma in this short video.



Congratulations to Whitney from UMass Boston!  Whitney registered early for Strides Against Stigma and was entered to win a FitBit Ultra wireless tracker.  Her name was chosen out of the group of early registrants, so she was awarded our prize!


Stephanie Gallman, a CNN assignment editor, recently wrote an opinion piece describing her inner struggle to accept her depression diagnosis. When she received her diagnosis in August, she recalled being shocked and in a state of denial.


Justin and Joanna O'Brien make up one of our top Strides Against Stigma fundraising teams.  Here, we ask them to share the secret to their success.

antidepressantsA recent TIME article discusses a study in which researches, led by assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA Aimee Hunter, found that a person’s pervious experience taking antidepressants can influence future responses to medications and placebo treatments.


umass-fails-student-with-depressionAccording to a 2009 American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment survey, nearly 30 percent of college students reported symptoms of depression. With suicide ranked the third leading cause of death in teens and young adults ages 15-24, colleges should be doing everything they can to ensure their students’ mental health.

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The MetroWest Daily News recently featured an article on one of Strides Against Stigma’s top fundraisers, Dan Fields. Dan, who we blogged about last week, has already exceeded his original fundraising goal of $2000 and now aims to reach $2500 in the next 30 days.


If a person breaks their arm, the public can see a cast.  But, if a person suffers from mental illness, the public has nothing physical to view.  It is this lack of visible suffering that I believe is a chief cause for the profound stigma against mental illness.

I am supporting Strides Against Stigma in honor of my brother, Brian. Brian suffered from depression starting in his early teens.  He attempted suicide at the age of 15 and was successful at the age of 20.

D._PatrickFirst Lady of Massachusetts Diane Patrick Honored by Families for Depression Awareness

 Mrs. Patrick will accept a mental health advocacy award at Strides Against Stigma walk-a-thon, April 28, 2012

Families for Depression Awareness ("FFDA") is proud to announce that Diane Patrick, Esq., First Lady of Massachusetts, will receive the organization's first-ever Distinguished Service in Mental Health Advocacy Award.  FFDA established the award to honor an individual who has gone to extraordinary efforts to heighten public awareness of depressive disorders, empower families in need to seek treatment, and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.


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