Our Mission

Families for Depression Awareness helps families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides.


Our Staff

The Families for Depression Awareness staff, in conjunction with our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and volunteers, works to address the needs of family caregivers every day.

Susan Weinstein, JD

Co-Executive Director, Programs and Operations

susan@familyaware.org

Valerie Cordero, PhD

Co-Executive Director, Development

valerie@familyaware.org

Arielle Cohen, MSW

Programs Manager

ari@familyaware.org

Jessica Mailman

Administrative and Programs Assistant

jessica@familyaware.org

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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.

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