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Care for Your Mind to fix the mental healthcare systemHave you had problems finding, using, or paying for mental healthcare? Have you had good experiences? Tell us!

Care for Your Mind educates people living with depression and bipolar disorder and their families and friends about issues in our mental healthcare system and efforts to make it better. Your story of interactions with clinicians, health insurance, hospitals, and others involved in mental healthcare is important!

stress female needs attributionNearly everyone experiences stress, but not everyone knows that emotional support really helps people deal with it! In fact, people who don’t have emotional support from family and friends report increases in stress and feelings of sadness or depression at a much higher rate than those with emotional support.

mlw-cover-only-e1418324577142On October 15, 2010, 15-year-old Will Trautwein took his life. Will was a good student, an athlete, a musician, and an incredibly loved brother, son, grandson, nephew, and friend. His family and friends were shocked by his death, as there did not appear to be any signs that he was struggling with anything like anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide.

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Families for Depression Awareness is seeking a visionary, dynamic, collaborative leader who can lead the organization internally and can interact with donors, other organizations, and the media to achieve the FFDA goals and objectives.

Reports to the Board Chair and Board of Directors

Location: 395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 404, Waltham, MA 02451

Job Summary

The Executive Director is accountable for the strategic and operational success of Families for Depression Awareness by leading the organization, including the staff, board of directors, advisory board, and volunteers to achieve its mission.

Valerie Cordero and Susan Weinstein are interim co-executive directors at Families for Depression AwarenessValerie Cordero and Susan Weinstein have been named interim co-executive directors of Families for Depression Awareness, succeeding founder Julie Totten, who recently left after nearly fourteen years at the helm. For two years prior to Julie’s departure, the three worked closely as the senior management team.

“Having Valerie and Susan as interim leaders ensures that Families for Depression Awareness is in good hands and allows the Board to undertake a deliberate process to find the right person to be our next executive director,” said Carol Thomas, chair of the board. “The Board is extraordinarily confident in their ability to continue expanding our programs and increasing our reach.”

gailfamilyI would like to share my story about my ex-husband Lothar to help others recognize the symptoms of depression that our family lived with. My goal is to help erase the stigma of depression and eliminate the feeling of being alone that often affects the family members of those who suffer from depression.

studioAs someone who identifies as gender neutral and continually struggles with living in a body that I do not necessarily feel linked to, I could not help but see my own story reflected in the story of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender youth whose life was recently lost to suicide.

preoxygenation_before_anesthetic_inductionResearchers have recently begun studying the effectiveness of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, in treating depression. Although many people who struggle with depression find relief from a combination of medication and therapy, there are some who still have a hard time finding wellness and may be suffering from what is often referred to as Treatment Resistant Depression. The prevalence of Treatment Resistant Depression has caused researchers to spend time seeking alternative, nonstandard options that may be more effective.

depressedteenmaleAdolescent cases of Major Depressive Disorder make up about 2/3 of eventual adult cases of depression. Yet even with such prevalence, only about a third of adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder are receiving depression-specific treatment, and about a third are receiving care from a mental healthcare provider. That such a small percentage of adolescents are receiving comprehensive treatment to address their depression is concerning.

brain-cerebellumDepression and bipolar disorder are often regarded, inaccurately, as non-medical conditions, so it is encouraging when new research reveals more about the actual medical and physical components of these mental illnesses. Not only does this provide some affirmation to those who may be struggling, but it also offers insight into specific types of treatment that may be effective.


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