Families for Depression Awareness helps families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides.
Our Executive Team
Co-Executive Director, Programs and Operations
“Everything we do is with the caregiver in mind. Our programs, our activities and the education we provide. It is all designed to empower caregivers and their families on their path to wellness.”
Co-Executive Director, Development
“Mental health is one of the most underfunded disease states in the U.S., yet it affects so much of our daily lives. We need more people to understand that without resources for families dealing with mood disorders, we can’t hope to be better as a nation.”
Arielle Cohen, Programs Coordinator
Jessica Mailman, Administrative and Program Assistant
Jenny Vernet, Teen Depression Program Specialist
In 1990, Julie Totten lost her brother, who was undiagnosed, to suicide. A year later, after learning about depression, she helped her father get diagnosed for this condition. Julie founded Families for Depression Awareness in 2001 to help others understand depression and reduce stigma associated with the condition.