1. Depression begins in adolescence: at least half of all cases of depression begin by age 14.
  2. Teen depression is common: by the end of their teen years, 20% will have had depression.
  3. Depression is treatable: more than 85% of teens improve with a combination of medication and therapy.
  4. Over 65% of teens with depression don't receive treatment from a mental health provider.
  5. Untreated depression has serious consequences. It can lead to
    • Substance abuse
    • Academic failure
    • Bullying and being bullied
    • Eating disorders
    • Suicide, which is the second-leading cause of death among 15-to 24-year-olds).

Download a free copy of our Teen Fact Sheet to learn more.


Day for Night: Recognizing Teenage Depression, Vanderpool Films
Watch Day for Night online

Various videos that you can watch online:

Web sites

EffectiveChildTherapy.com is an educational website with the mission to inform the public and professionals about which child and adolescent mental health treatments have the strongest scientific support, and are most likely to work.  This site is offered as a completely free service and is sponsored by the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
http://www.aacap.org/ — Assisting parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.

http://parentsmedguide.org — Helping parents help their kids.

Project CATCH-IT
http://catchit-public.bsd.uchicago.edu/index.html — This site was developed with support from the NARSAD and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Mental Health to evaluate how adolescents would respond to Internet based depression prevention.

TeenScreen Program, Columbia University
http://www.teenscreen.org/ — The Columbia University TeenScreen Program is an adolescent mental health and suicide-screening initiative active in 40 states.

http://www.ulifeline.org/ — The Jed Foundation's web-based mental health resource providing college students with information, screening, answers to questions and direct access to their respective college's mental health center.

Rebecca's Dream: The Rebecca Lynn Cutler Legacy of Life Foundation
http://www.rebeccasdream.org/—A charitable foundation working to educate the world about depression and bipolar disorder while reducing stigma, promoting awareness and complassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases.  

About Our Kids
http://www.aboutourkids.org — The NYU Child Study Center offers science-based, research-driven psychiatric care to children and adolescents with learning, behavior and emotional disorders.


Teens Health — Depression: What It Is and What to Do About It, http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/depression.html

Information on mood disorders for young people — Is It Just a Mood or Something Else?, Download from DBSA website at http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_brochures_just_a_mood

Depression Training

For students in middle and high schools, their parents, and school staff: The Science of Mental Illness, National Institute of Health, Grades 6-8, national.
Visit BSCS for information: http://www.bscs.org/science-mental-illness

SOS Signs of Suicide for high school and middle school students, national, Screening for Mental Health.

Red Flags, Ohio area

Yellow ribbon, Colorado area

Preventing Depression: A toolkit for schools, Boston area, Adolescent Wellness.

Listen to the most popular mommy bloggers talk about parenting, depression and stress with Julie Totten, president of Families for Depression Awareness and Dr. Myrna Weissman, Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

Depression & Anxiety — Rita Arens, Dr. Weissman, Julie Totten

Depression & Stigmas — Alyson Labarge, Julie Totten, Dr. Weissman

Coverage for Mental Health Care — Christina McMenemy

Postpartum Depression Programs — Julie Marsh, Vivien Bruss

Personal Experiences with Depression — Dana Tuzske

Challenges Moms Face When Seeking Help — Dr. Weissman, Rita Arens, Amy Tucker

Signs of Depression in Children & Adults — Julie Totten, Christina McMenemy

Depression Wellness Guide — Julie Totten

Who to Contact — Diane Hoffman

How Family Members Can Help — Kristen Chase, Dr. Weissman

Opportunities for Partnerships — Kristen Chase, Dr. Weissman

Plea for Support from Moms — Kristen Chase, Families for Depression Awareness

Bloggers Involved (links to blogs open in a new window)


Donate Now to Families for Depression Awareness


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