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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:

alexandra_styronWhy 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.

colin_croppedA message from our volunteer, Colin, about why you should consider Families for Depression Awareness during this season of giving. Your donations are tax-deductible.

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.

AANE LogoHave 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.

Smiling Young CoupleExtraordinarily high levels of stress among the American workers, coupled with other negative health and wellness measures, brought down the overall U.S. ranking in an international study of how nations foster healthy, educated, and productive workforces. Our Coping with Stress and Depression webinar can help you learn to manage your stress!

Julie Totten and Patrick KennedyOn October 24th, mental health advocates, thought leaders, and policymakers gathered in Boston to participate in The Kennedy Forum Inaugural Conference, convened to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's signing of the Community Mental Health Act, and engage in dialogue and planning for next steps for public policy.

Julie Totten, President and Founder of Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) (pictured with former Rep. Patrick Kennedy), and FFDA's Director of Programs and Marketing, Susan Weinstein, attended to represent the interests of families in the advocacy arena. Prior to the conference, Weinstein remarked, "We are excited to be participating in The Kennedy Forum!" 


alexandra_styronWhen Alexandra Styron went on a book tour to promote her memoir, she was often asked, "How does your mother feel about you telling this story?" In the fourth installment of our video series, Alexandra tackles the tough issue of sharing your family story of depression with integrity and generosity.


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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.