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On Monday, February 6th, 2012, Leah and I, interns here at FFDA, had the privilege of attending the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention’s 13th Annual State House Event. It was our first time at the State House and we were both very excited.


A recent survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 20 percent of American adults, 45.9 million people, live with a mental illness but only 39 percent of those people received mental health services in 2010.

mildred mitchell-bateman

Mildred Mitchell-Bateman, a mental health pioneer and the first African-American woman to lead a West Virginia state agency, passed away last month. In 1946, Mitchell-Bateman received her medical degree from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. In her more than six decades of service in the field of mental health, Mitchell-Bateman held many high-level positions and was the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychiatric Association (2000) and the Governor’s Award for Civil Rights Contribution (2004).

don corneliusDon Cornelius, popular host of the hit TV show “Soul Train” was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, February 1, 2012.  Born September 27, 1963 in Chicago, Cornelius went from an insurance salesman, to radio personality to TV host and producer, eventually starting his own music show, Soul Train.

pillsRecently, we received an interesting response to one of our downloadable articles, which addresses the topic of teens and antidepressants. Board Chair of Wellness Wordworks, Ken Braiterman, wrote that he was upset by some of our advisory board members' opinions on the use of antidepressants on teens because of his suspicion of their long-term effects.  Braiterman wrote, “Far too often, doctors and school officials present medication to parents of troubled children as relatively risk free, and the only option, not one of many.”

intelstsDanielle Goldman of Queens, New York, was recently named a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search contest for her research on anxiety and depression. Goldman is now one of 40 finalists, selected from a pool of 300 semi-finalists, who will travel to Washington, D.C., in March for a chance to win a scholarship of up to $1.25 million.

students_at_computerA few months ago, MarketWatch published an article entitled “10 worst college majors for employment.” At the top of the list: clinical psychology. This caught my attention because, as a college senior studying psychology, I am starting to consider my employment options for the future.

african_american_womanI have always known that suicide is among the leading causes of death for minorities. I have seen it in my family, I have seen it in my school growing up, and I am definitely seeing much more of it since relocating to the southwest. 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.


Bring on the gym memberships, smoking cessation programs, and revamped financial planning!  Over the next three days, many of us will swear to New Year’s resolutions meant to improve our physical appearance or our wallets—but what about our minds? 


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