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A Response to "Just Plane Crazy" PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012

nickandmaryreisRecently I was very upset about a show that was aired on ABC 20/20 “Just Plane Crazy.” They were calling people that were clearly having some sort of mental breakdown “crazy.”  I felt passionately that it was wrong. I could relate to one of the people they were making fun of because it was so similar to what happened to me when I was experiencing a manic episode.

Helping Parents with Depression PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 May 2012

expert_profile_williambeardsleeDr. William Beardslee of our advisory board is quoted in the May 2, 2012 Wall Street Journal Article "Parent's Depression Linked to Problems in Children." In the article, pediatrician, Dr. Perri Klass describes how important it is for doctors to check on a parents' mental health when they suspect there may be a problem.

New Study Shows that Bipolar Symptoms May Begin in Adolescence PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 May 2012

teen girlMental health clinicians and researchers have debated about the average onset age of bipolar disorder.  A study published in the May 2012 Archives of General Psychiatry may have another clue towards solving this debate.  The study, led by Kathleen Ries Merikangas, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Mental Health, showed that 2.5% of the 10,123 teenagers surveyed (approx. 253 teens) met the criteria for lifetime bipolar I or bipolar II disorder.

Green Care: How Volunteering on Farms May Help with Clinical Depression PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 May 2012


A new study being published in the June 2012 edition of Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals discusses an alternative therapy for depression. The article, entitled “Farm Animal-Assisted Intervention for People with Clinical Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” is an exploration of a treatment called “green care” or “care farming,” which uses nature to improve mental health and well-being.

Strides Against Stigma--As Told Through Photos PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Strides Against Stigma Sports Auction Closed--Thanks to Participants! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 May 2012


Thanks to everyone who bid on our Strides Against Stigma sports tickets and memorabilia!  We raised additional funds that will go towards our overall event goal.  We especially want to thank the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and Greg Stiemsma of the Boston Celtics.

A Reporter's Defense of Dads and Postnatal Depression PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 May 2012


A reporter from The Guardian, a UK-based news outlet, recently participated in the debate over male postnatal depression (PND) diagnoses.  The reporter, Ally Fogg, was responding to two recent articles--first,  Robert Lefever’s report in The Daily Mail, and second a piece by Barbara Ellen of The Observer in which Ellen calls the dads who claim to have postnatal depression “exhausting narcissists.”

Social Media Blogger Ali Fornash Talks about Strides Against Stigma PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 May 2012


"This past weekend, I was invited by Families for Depression Awareness to attend their fundraiser to fuel awareness about depression and other mood disorders. FFDA works relentlessly to educate people about depression: what it is, how it is treated and how to support those around you suffering from this illness.

Watch Greg Stiemsma's PSA for Strides Against Stigma! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 April 2012


Watch Boston Celtics Center Greg Stiemsma's video NOW!!!

Esperanza Blog about Strides Against Stigma PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 April 2012


"Unless you are in the Witness Protection Program, keeping family secrets is never a good idea."

Read Michael Rafferty's April 23rd blog about Strides Against Stigma

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