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Accepting a Diagnosis of Depression: One Editor's Journey PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 April 2012


Stephanie Gallman, a CNN assignment editor, recently wrote an opinion piece describing her inner struggle to accept her depression diagnosis. When she received her diagnosis in August, she recalled being shocked and in a state of denial.

Why I Stride--Stanley King PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Stanley discusses why he's involved in Strides Against Stigma in this short video.


Strides Against Stigma Early Registration FitBit Winner! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 April 2012


Congratulations to Whitney from UMass Boston!  Whitney registered early for Strides Against Stigma and was entered to win a FitBit Ultra wireless tracker.  Her name was chosen out of the group of early registrants, so she was awarded our prize!

Fighting Stigma with Dollars: Strides Top Fundraising Team Shares Their Secrets PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 April 2012


Justin and Joanna O'Brien make up one of our top Strides Against Stigma fundraising teams.  Here, we ask them to share the secret to their success.

Another Possible Explanation for Treatment-Resistant Depression--Prior Antidepressant Use PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 April 2012

antidepressantsA recent TIME article discusses a study in which researches, led by assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA Aimee Hunter, found that a person’s pervious experience taking antidepressants can influence future responses to medications and placebo treatments.


Mental Health Services for College Students--Are Wait Times Too Long? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 March 2012

umass-fails-student-with-depressionAccording to a 2009 American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment survey, nearly 30 percent of college students reported symptoms of depression. With suicide ranked the third leading cause of death in teens and young adults ages 15-24, colleges should be doing everything they can to ensure their students’ mental health.

Strides Against Stigma Fundraiser Featured in Local Media PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 March 2012

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The MetroWest Daily News recently featured an article on one of Strides Against Stigma’s top fundraisers, Dan Fields. Dan, who we blogged about last week, has already exceeded his original fundraising goal of $2000 and now aims to reach $2500 in the next 30 days.

Why I Stride by Kelly Sheridan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 March 2012


If a person breaks their arm, the public can see a cast.  But, if a person suffers from mental illness, the public has nothing physical to view.  It is this lack of visible suffering that I believe is a chief cause for the profound stigma against mental illness.

I am supporting Strides Against Stigma in honor of my brother, Brian. Brian suffered from depression starting in his early teens.  He attempted suicide at the age of 15 and was successful at the age of 20.

Diane Patrick to Receive Distinguished Service in Mental Health Advocacy Award PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 March 2012

D._PatrickFirst Lady of Massachusetts Diane Patrick Honored by Families for Depression Awareness

 Mrs. Patrick will accept a mental health advocacy award at Strides Against Stigma walk-a-thon, April 28, 2012

Families for Depression Awareness ("FFDA") is proud to announce that Diane Patrick, Esq., First Lady of Massachusetts, will receive the organization's first-ever Distinguished Service in Mental Health Advocacy Award.  FFDA established the award to honor an individual who has gone to extraordinary efforts to heighten public awareness of depressive disorders, empower families in need to seek treatment, and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Stigma Linked to Higher Rates of Depression in Lung Cancer Patients PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 March 2012


A recent article reports researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL found that lung cancer patients may experience increased rates of depression because of the sense of “social rejection, internalized shame and social isolation” associated with the disease.

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