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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.

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!!!

daniel_and_denise2I'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.

nanciBy the time our oldest daughter Lisa* was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 9, our lives were anything but normal.  With each new day it wasn’t a matter of “if," it was a matter of “when.” When would she sink into a paralyzing depression? When would she melt down, explode, or become locked in on a seemingly arbitrary obsession?

stuart_woodingBoth of my parents were orphans.  They raised four children in a parental framework riddled with insecurity.  I’m the eldest and have a diagnosis of affective bipolar disorder. My siblings suffer from dyslexia and other psychological problems about which they are firmly secretive.

support_groupRecently, we’ve been collecting feedback from our Families for Depression Awareness members. Tonya from Kentucky indicated that she wanted more information on one particular question—how do you get people to come to your support group more than once?


At the young age of eight, I began to suffer with depression. I often felt helpless, hopeless and extremely sad. No one truly understood just how overwhelmed and very alone I was feeling. To make matters worse, I was subjected to both physical and mental bullying by my classmates throughout my school years.


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