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Beating the Winter Blues PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 February 2014

sad_snowmanSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can pose serious mental health problems, especially during the winter season. SAD, like bipolar disorder and depression, can be mild to very severe. Often referred to as "the winter blues," it is caused by a lack of natural sunlight, and is rooted in lower levels of naturally occurring Vitamin D in the body. About 20% of adults suffer from the mild form, known as subsyndromal SAD.

 
Care for Your Mind Advocacy Panel PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 January 2014
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  • Are you concerned about mental health care in the US?
  • Is your life affected by depression or bipolar disorder?
  • Would you like to voice your opinions?

Join the Care for Your Mind™ Advocacy Panel!

 
Mindfulness Meditation in the Battle Against Depression PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 January 2014

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.

 
The Many Types of Talk Therapy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 January 2014

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

 
Bipolar Disorder News and Information PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 January 2014

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:

 
Teen Speakers Reach Over 150 High School Students PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 January 2014

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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.

 
Breaking Down Common Barriers to Mental Health Care PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 December 2013

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:

 
DONATE! Donations Keep Our Teen Speakers Program Going PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 December 2013
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.

 
Teen Speaker Featured on "Second Opinion" show PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 November 2013

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.

 
Join Fellow Donors and Support Families for Depression Awareness! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 November 2013

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.

 
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