Some people use creative expression to help in coming to terms with their mental health conditions. Recently, Molly shared with us some of her doodles dealing with mental health. We think they are more than just doodles. Rather, Molly has found a way to couple her diagnoses with her creativity in order to very clearly express to the world how depression and anxiety feel to her.
The mental health of teenagers is largely impacted by how well their parents understand them, according to a recent study published in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine. Those whose parents had a better grasp of both the stressors of the teen’s day and the teen’s perspective on their relationship with the parent had lower levels of depression.
All of us experience stress to some degree, but the impacts of small stressors may be larger than we think. We know that high levels of stress can increase risk of health problems such as heart disease and can be hazardous to your health or even deadly. A new study found that it’s not just major stressors that are a problem.
Research from Temple University indicates that stressful life events, particularly interpersonal relationship stress, increase the likelihood of depression.
The majority of Americans experience stress but very few feel that they are receiving the support they need to manage it.
Unfortunately stress is often overlooked or seen as “just a part of life” yet nearly three quarters of those who experience stress describe disruptions in their daily life, such as physical ailments, poor work performance, and difficulties with family and social interactions. What may appear to be day-to-day stress can lead to more serious medical and mental health conditions. Although there are effective strategies for managing it, stress is often tolerated or ignored and problems persist or worsen.
Today is National Depression Screening Day, a day to raise awareness of the importantce of recognizing symptoms of depression and getting proper screening and treatment.
We all have hard days, and sometimes it can be difficult to determine if day-to-day stress might be a sign of something more serious.
Thank you to all our supporters and sponsors who helped to make "An Evening of Thanks" a success!
Our November 13th event in Boston brought together volunteers, board members, and other supporters to honor our teen speakers and celebrate the work of Families for Depression Awareness. The funds we raised through ticket sales, donations, and our silent auction support our efforts to help families with depression and bipolar disorder get well and prevent suicides.
One in five adults experience mental illness in a given year. Chances are you know someone who is struggling, whether outwardly or in silence, or someone who is working on getting well.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we encourage you to help raise awareness. We hope to bring to light not only the realities of mental illness, but also the realities of wellness, and an understanding that with proper education and treatment, many people’s symptoms improve.
Here are some things you can do:
The Waltham, MA Boys and Girls Club recently welcomed Families for Depression Awareness to present the Teen Depression workshop for its staff. Workers at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club have been aware that some of the kids experience depression, and they notice self-harm among their members. It's a timely topic, as some of the youth recently participated in a program that focused on suicide among teens.