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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? 


"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.


Jas_HS_FBFor 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_SpeedGary 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.

intl_survivors_of_suicideThis 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.


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