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Law Firm Honors Our Board Member for Pro Bono Service PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2011

blind_justice_clip_art_hightJerome B. Tichner, Jr., a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, is being honored with an award for his exceptional commitment to pro bono work and service to the community.  Jerry is a member of the Board of Directors for Families for Depression Awareness, and selected us to receive a donation from the firm in his honor of $1,500. Thank you Jerry!

Jerry has done impressive work beyond Families for Depression Awareness, including supporting a network to provide free legal aid to patients in more than 225 hospitals and health centers.

To see Jerry's profile, download the "Pro Bono Annual Update: Securing Justice for All" pdf file, and read his profile on page 21.  More information on the pro bono and community service activies of McDermott Will & Emery can be found on their web site.

 

 
Ashley's Story - 19 with clinical depression and anxiety PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 June 2011
family_profile_ashleywithmomWe recently spoke with Ashley, a new teen speaker for Families for Depression Awareness, who wanted to share her story with us and, in turn, we are sharing it with you. Ashley was barely in high school when she was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety and went through a grueling few months before she found a treatment combination that worked for her. Now, she bravely shares her experiences to educate others about depression and that it's okay to reach out for help. Read more of her story here.
 
2011 MCSP Conference PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 May 2011
mcspThe Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention Annual Conference took place last week (May 24-May 25).  Families for Depression Awareness representatives exhibited materials and networked with others about our programs.  Additionally, we ran our “Coping With Stress” workshop with Dr. Charlene Gooch as the presenter.  The workshop was well attended, and several of the participants have signed on to become “Coping With Stress” trainers!
 
DNA Testing, treatment and diagnosis of depression PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 May 2011

dnaWhen will we treat mental health problems with the same importance as physical health problems?

Julie Totten challenged McGovern Institute researchers at the fantastic seminar on Depression and the Brain held March 23, with her question of “wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a simple way to know if someone has depression or bipolar disorder”. 

 
Happenings PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 May 2011

mcgovernWe recently had a meeting at the McGovern Institute at MIT and have such a wealth of new opportunities to pursue.  Julie Totten, president and founder of Families for Depression Awareness, really is pushing for a brain scan that can show whether or not someone has depression or bipolar disorder,

 
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bipolar Disorder Type II PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 May 2011

czj-bpiiActress Catherine Zeta-Jones announced back in April that she just received treatment for bipolar disorder type II. Thank you Catherine for raising awareness of this disorder by telling and public and giving all of us an opportunity to educate people!

 
Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Recent Study of Maternal Depression PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 May 2011

mother_and_sonResearch has shown that children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of becoming depressed and having other behavioral problems. Now, there is more evidence suggesting that parents who get help positively affect the mental state of their children. 

 
Court rules for the VA to improve its mental health services PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
us-deptofveteransaffairs-sealReuters recently released an article reporting that the federal appeals court is accusing Congress and the president of neglect and "unchecked incompetence" in delivering mental health care services to veterans. The numbers are staggering – 84,000 veterans are on the waiting list for mental health care services and 18 veterans are committing suicide a day (as reported in the article).
 
The Lasting Impact of Bullying: a Personal Perspective PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011
girl_cryingI immigrated to the United States from England with my family when I was 12 years old. Reading the tragic story of Phoebe Prince, the Irish immigrant that took her life as a result of being bullied, brought back some uncomfortable memories of my own time in middle school, when my peers targeted me for being “different.” The harassment I faced was never so bad that I couldn’t handle it, but it definitely left deep and lasting scars on my psyche. 
 
My Call with a War Veteran PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 May 2011
american_flagMichael just called our office. He's a veteran, in his words "100% disabled," and working hard to recover from his battle experiences. He picked up the phone and called to ask us if we could spare a few copies of one of our brochures, "Coping with Stress."  Michael doesn't remember how he got the dog-eared copy he already has; he just knows that it has been helpful to him.
 
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