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Families for Depression Awareness is developing a new Care Consultation Service for families needing guidance to help a loved one. We're looking to engage an experienced social worker to help us set up the program. If you're interested in the position, download the job description. Stay tuned as we share more about this exciting new program!

suicide_prevention_logoribbonIn observance of National Suicide Prevention Week, the staff at Families for Depression Awareness has compiled a short list of resources to help you become more comfortable getting help for yourself or helping someone else who is at risk for suicide.

In late August, Families for Depression Awareness presented to two groups of Boston University first-year students who were taking part in a service-learning program. The students we worked with were learning about disabilities and public health issues. Four of our volunteer speakers facilitated the presentation. A little about each of them can be found beneath their photos.

high school studentsAcross the country, middle and high school students are preparing to enter the classroom again in the coming weeks. This time can be exciting for students looking forward to catching up with their friends and checking out their new classes. It can also mean a new load of triggers for teens with depression or bipolar; waking up early to get to school, staying up late to catch up on classwork, and extracurricular activities that take up a few hours each day can leave students feeling exhausted and stressed out. Below is a list of ways you can work with your teen and their school to ensure a smooth academic year.

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This time of year, college and university campuses around the country are being prepared for the start of the academic year. If you’ve got a teen with a mood disorder, college can seem like a scary prospect, especially if this is going to be their first year. Below is a list of things you can do to smooth the transition to college life.

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For those of you who’ve missed it, Families for Depression Awareness has been contributing some interesting work to Care for Your Mind over the past couple of weeks. Care for Your Mind is a collaborative project of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and our organization, in which individuals affected by the mental health care system can share and discuss their experiences.

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The following excerpts are from a letter sent to us in March 2013.

On December 22, 2012, my boyfriend, John, and I were sitting in the living room enjoying a relaxing Saturday afternoon when we got the phone call that informed us that his mother had taken her own life.

In Case You Missed It!

Here are a few mental health news items that may be of interest. Also, you'll see more news and information from Families for Depression Awareness when you Like us on Facebook

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U.S. News Ranks McLean Hospital No. 1 for Psychiatry

Brain Imaging Shows Differences in Preschoolers with Depression

Americans Living Longer, But Chronic Conditions Like Depression Affect Quality of Life

CwS Workshop w Charlene Gooch at MA RehabFamilies for Depression Awareness recently presented the Coping with Stress and Depression Workshop to employees at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. State funding enables us to conduct free on-site Coping with Stress and Depression trainings to businesses, nonprofits, and agencies across the Commonwealth.

Teen Girl beachA recent study has found that the mental health of teenagers has worsened significantly since 2006, with lower-income kids being hit the hardest. But parents can help their teens stay on the path to wellness, even during the summer!


 

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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.