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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.

robin_williams_2011a_2We are saddened by the death of actor Robin Williams. His death by suicide demonstrates that the pain of depression is very real and reminds us that we should be attentive to ourselves and to others. It's important to acknowledge that both bipolar disorder and depression are treatable illnesses and for the vast majority of people treatment is successful. Each of us needs to feel empowered to seek help when we are struggling and to support others in doing the same.

Event volunteer Valerie Cordero
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) was the "Charity of the Game" at the July 21st Nashville Sounds minor league baseball game. Valerie Cordero, Director of Development for Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA), participated in the event. Cordero and other volunteers distributed 500 bags containing information about mental health resources to basebal fans.

womanonphonePeople with bipolar disorder may soon be able to use their phones to track their moods, just by using their voices. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed and are testing a smartphone app called PRIORI that analyzes vocal changes in hopes of recognizing early warning signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder.


Teens struggling with depression are twice as likely as their peers to use marijuana, and marijuana use may double a teen's risk of developing depression. This is concerning because many individuals, both teens and adults, are turning to marijuana as a means of self-medicating depression. As the legalization of marijuana use has increased, so has the need for research around the effects of marijuana on brain development, brain functioning, and mental health. 


July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which brings to light issues related to mental health treatment access within multicultural communities. Each July, we focus on embracing diversity and raising awareness of mental health needs and resources for individuals and families of all cultural backgrounds.

Heading to our Coping with Stress training on Martha's VineyardKicking off the summer season, Program Director Susan Weinstein headed to Martha's Vineyard to present our Coping with Stress workshop to employees of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). More than 30 people attended the session, where they learned a variety of stress management techniques and what to do when struggling with "more than stress," generally anxiety or depression.

Families for Depression Awareness is seeking clinicians with experience working in a short-term setting with patients and families. The Care Consultant will work on a freelance hourly basis to deliver Care Consultations to families at our office in Waltham, Massachusetts. Applicants should be located within easy proximity to our office because we schedule 1-2-hours of time where you may be seeing one family on a given day.

fingerbandaidDiagnosing depression is a challenge.  The process can seem quite daunting, subjective, and arbitrary.  What if there was a way to diagnose and monitor depression in the same way that you might diagnose a medical condition such as diabetes?


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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.