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manmeditatesMind awareness is one of the newest topics discussed by psychologist researchers. The idea grew from the Buddhist practice of meditation and body awareness, or mindfulness meditation. As research continues, more people suffering from mild forms of depression implement this practice in their daily lives – many experiencing a positive outcome! For those with mild cases of depression, relapses into depressive episodes were halved.

grouptherapyTalk therapy is proven to effectively treat depression and bipolar disorder for most people, but which style of treatment does one choose?

teen-girls-comfortingBipolar disorder is not talked about very much in the news, and very few people understand the disease completely. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about bipolar disorder, here are a few great places to start:


Last month, our speakers Courtney, Olivia, and Casey shared their respective stories of depression and mental health with students at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. The speakers also presented educational material to the students, who expressed gratitude for the chance to hear about depression, and to learn how to help themselves or someone else in need. Several students shared how comforting it was to know that they are not alone in having depression, and were relieved that so many resources exist to help them.

mentalhealthsignIn 2012, SAMHSA reported that 43.7 million people—1/5 of American adults—experienced mental illness, a statistic that has been about the same for a few years. Many of these people didn't get the help they needed. When asked why, the three most common responses were:

claireDonations to our 2013 Annual Campaign go to support our programs for teens and families--including our Teen Speakers Program. Read Claire's story to see how our Teen Speakers Program changes lives.

Recently, Teen Speakers from Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) came to my college campus to provide a training for incoming freshmen. I was excited about the presentation because my mother has depression and my close friend lives with bipolar disorder.

second_opinion_logoFamilies for Depression Awareness Teen Speaker, Olivia Reardon, and her mother Ellen were guests on the public television series "Second Opinion" this month!

Teen depression was the topic of the show, so Olivia was interviewed about her experiences. Ellen added her thoughts on being the parent of a teen with a mood disorder.

Staffers Brittany and MikeIn this time of giving, we thank all of the people who have chosen to support Families for Depression Awareness by making a financial contribution! Here are some important things to know about giving to us this holiday season.

Last weekend, students from Emmanuel College's Psychology Club organized a benefit concert for Families for Depression Awareness. Aptly named Strum Against Depression, the event hosted several student and staff musicians who performed with their bands, a capella groups, and as soloists. The students held a raffle and offered attendants the chance to donate to the event. All proceeds have been donated to FFDA.

princ_photo_of_woman_in_counselingIn the wake of a young man's suicide, a California newspaper published this article about recognizing signs of depression in adolescents. Here are some key takeaways from the article, according to Dr. Shashank V. Joshi of Stanford University:


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