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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?

Parents can learn to help teens with our Teen Depression webinarNearly 30% of US high school age students felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This persistent sadness is one of the key signs of depression, and a prompt for parents to take action to help their kids.

car_keys_with_keychain_optIt's always when you're late for a meeting that you forget where you put an important document, or when you're rushing the kids off for school that you can't find the car keys. A recent CNN article explored a study, finding a relationship between chronic stress and spatial memory. The stress hormone cortisol is also linked to short-term memory loss in older adults. Researchers are finding information that validates all of our experiences; when we're stressed, we forget things.

BOOK REVIEW: The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic
by Jonathan Rottenberg; reviewed by Dan Fields

Note: We thank Families for Depression Awareness volunteer Dan Fields for submitting this book review. The content and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the position of Families for Depression Awareness. Our Advisory Board counsels us that cases of moderate to severe depression are best treated with medication, talk therapy, or a combination of the two. Lifestyle choices, such as exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy eating, contribute to both physical and mental wellness.

A recent study from Cold Spring Harbor Lab suggests that physical and genetic markers may indicate how prone a person is to long-term depression. The study seems to find biological and physiological evidence for a link between long-term stress, one's ability to cope with stress, and depression.

Families for Depression Awareness is nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to help people get well and prevent suicides. We do this through our Teen Depression Program and Adult/Workplace Depression Program, our new Care Consultations Service, and by serving as a resource for education and advocacy for families affected by mood disorders.

Time is running out to schedule a free Coping with Stress and Depression Training - we are able to offer this training to workplaces in Massachusetts through June 2014.


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