Thursday, 12 December 2013
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.
Three speakers shared their personal stories, which were unique, raw, and illuminating. They showed us that you can live with mood disorders, even with some struggles, and still have a meaningful life. We were deeply moved and everyone talked about how inspiring it was to hear from people our own age. At college, we hear a lot about drugs and drinking, and little about depression. Families for Depression Awareness needs your support for their Teen Depression Program, so I urge you to donate today.
I was surprised by how many times the speakers were mentioned during the rest of orientation week. One girl told me that, shortly after the event, she heard a friend describe the weather as "bipolar." She took that as an opportunity to talk about the training and how we can be more conscious of the language we use.
I hope that you can help Families for Depression Awareness continue to reach people my age by giving a donation. Their approach of using powerful stories to initiate dialogue about mental health really works.
Claire, Teen Depression Program Participant