Health.com published an article on January 2 about a novel treatment for depression; helping other people. The article suggests that recent research shows that “positive activity interventions” can be an “effective and low-cost treatment” for depression.
"The holidays" are quickly approaching, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid, or other dates, you might eagerly await the activities. If you are able to jump in and enjoy everything, I surmise your experience is different from many others' holidays. Most of you will experience some level of stress during the next few weeks.
For his entire life Jason was a fun loving popular kid who always made those around him feel good. He was caring, respectful, creative and active in sports throughout his life. Suddenly one day he seemed to just hop in his truck and drive out of childhood off to college with a promising life ahead of him.
Gary Speed was a highly regarded and widely respected Welsh soccer player and manager. He was captain of the Welsh National team, and later served as manager. Gary Speed made different headlines last week, when he took his life shortly after appearing on a TV show.
Terrie Williams, a Families for Depression Awareness volunteer, and Julie Totten, our president and founder, were featured on NBC Nightly News on Sunday, October 23rd. Their segment covered the CDC’s recent study of antidepressants, which showed a 400% increase in usage.
This annual program provides mutual support and practical guidance on coping with grief after suicide in cities around the world and online in two days-- Saturday, November 19, 2011. Survivors of suicide loss share their stories and answer the questions that so many survivors face, “Why did this happen?” “How will I cope?” Presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Halloween can be a fun time for those of us who have young children. You get to help them pick out a costume and watch their excitement as they prepare for the big day. This holiday can, however, be a source of stress for some parents.
Planning an event as large as Strides Against Stigma certainly has it challenges, but for every challenge we’ve faced, we’ve managed to find a way to work it out. Progress is addictive, and we’ve been fortunate to be continually making progress with Strides Against Stigma, in large part due to the incredible group of volunteers that are helping us plan and execute the event.
So, what progress has been made since our last update? WE HAVE A VENUE!!!
I'm Daniel Saroff, Chair of the Registration and Web Teams for Strides Against Stigma, and Board Member of Families for Depression Awareness. Denise, my wife of 16 years, companion of 19 years and friend for 24 years, committed suicide in 2010 after struggling with depression since her teens. Depression destroys lives and is particularly pernicious because it destroys those very coping skills we can best use to fight it: faith in self, trust in others, belief in self worth, ability to seek help, trust that things can get better.