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.
In 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:
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.
Families 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.
In 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.
In 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:
Why is it important to share our stories and talk about depression? We reduce stigma when we talk about depression. In the fifth and final installment of her video series, Alexandra reminds us that when we share our own stories, we fight that stigma head-on and that we can help others cope.
Andrew was a typical younger brother. He tried to annoy my brothers and me as much as possible but secretly looked up to us. He was a comedian and kids loved being around him because of his wacky sense of humor.
When Andrew began showing signs of depression, I could relate to what he was experiencing. I also suffered from depression while in high school. It wasn't until I told my parents and started receiving clinical care that the dark cloud hovering over me was lifted.
Have you or a family member experienced living with Asperger Syndrome and depression?
You may be able to share your story next March at a "Asperger Syndrome and Depression" conference presented by the Asperger Association of New England and Families for Depression Awareness. The program includes personal stories about living with depression and AS, provided by adults with AS and family members of children and adults with AS. You are invited to submit an application.