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teenfamilyThe 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.

manstressAll 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.

Watch the Teen Depression webinar to learn to help a teenFor adolescents, mental and physical changes coupled with family and social dynamics can be overwhelming. In some cases, teen stress left unaddressed can lead to depression.

Research from Temple University indicates that stressful life events, particularly interpersonal relationship stress, increase the likelihood of depression.

imagesThe 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.

facebook_profile_pictureToday 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.

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Thank You to All Who Supported

"An Evening of Thanks"

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.

facebook-miaw-badgeOne 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:

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide, or approximately one death every 40 seconds. As many as 90% of suicides can be attributed to mental health conditions, which are mostly treatable.

You can help.

Families for Depression Awareness Teen Depression Workshop at Waltham Boys and Girls Club

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.

Green Tribute Nail PolishWhen Carolyn Alderson, creator of Liquid Sky Lacquer nail polish, heard that Robin Williams died by suicide, she sprung into action.

Carolyn has dealt with depression in her own life and has lost family members to suicide. She decided to create a special line of nail polishes to honor his life and work.


 

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If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 800-273-TALK or 911 immediately. For crisis support via text message, text LISTEN to 741741.