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Oscar-Nominee Glenn Close: "Stigma is Toxic" PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 February 2012

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In her Oscar-nominated role, Glenn Close portrays a 19th century Irish woman who disguises herself as a man, Albert Nobbs,  in order to find work and survive. Close has said about the film: "People think it's all about gender but I don't think it is; it's about how people survive and about how human beings need to feel safe." Close is no stranger to the complexities of the human psyche; her sister suffers from bipolar disorder, her nephew from schizophrenia, and during her career, she has portrayed characters with various psychological disorders.

Strides Against Stigma: Entertainment Committee Update PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 February 2012


As we gear up for our Spring event, Strides Against Stigma, the entertainment committee is hard at work planning a fun-filled, active, and inspiring day.  We hope to attract individuals from far and wide who will come together to build a community that will erase the stigma of depression.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy May Improve Bipolar Disorder Symptoms PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
therapyAccording to a study published in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may alleviate some symptoms of bipolar disorder by improving mood, emotional regulation, and well-being.
"I Am No Longer Embarrased. I Am Real." PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 February 2012


My name is Lisa Sonnenberg.  I am a 32-year-old woman, wife of 10 years, and a mother of 4 children under 8 years old. I suffer with anxiety and depression. I have suffered for as long as I can remember.

Knowing Your Family’s Mental Health History is Crucial PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 February 2012


In a recent Huffington Post article, Emmy-Award-winning science writer Victoria Costello tells the story of her son who, at seventeen, began to suffer “psychotic symptoms.” When she brought him to the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, doctors recommended he stay there for one month for careful observation so that they could make a proper diagnosis. After all of the paperwork was done and her son was settled in his room, Costello sat down to speak with the psychiatrist about her family’s health history.

Do African Americans Suffer More Schizophrenia, or is Bias to Blame? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 February 2012


Statistically, African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia than white Americans. A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry asserts that psychiatric bias and diagnostic standards may be to blame.

Whitney Houston's Death: What Can We Learn? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 February 2012

whitney_singingWhitney Houston, the legendary singer and multiple Grammy-winner, was found dead in her hotel room on February 11, 2012.  Although we do not know what Whitney Houston's difficulties were beyond drug addiction, it is important for us to remember that drug problems and depression often go hand in hand.

Statewide Suicide Prevention: A Report on the 13th Annual MCSP State House Event PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 February 2012


On Monday, February 6th, 2012, Leah and I, interns here at FFDA, had the privilege of attending the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention’s 13th Annual State House Event. It was our first time at the State House and we were both very excited.

Survey Finds Many Living with Mental Illness Go Without Treatment PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 February 2012


A recent survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 20 percent of American adults, 45.9 million people, live with a mental illness but only 39 percent of those people received mental health services in 2010.

Celebrating the Life of a Mental Health Pioneer PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 February 2012

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Mildred Mitchell-Bateman, a mental health pioneer and the first African-American woman to lead a West Virginia state agency, passed away last month. In 1946, Mitchell-Bateman received her medical degree from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. In her more than six decades of service in the field of mental health, Mitchell-Bateman held many high-level positions and was the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychiatric Association (2000) and the Governor’s Award for Civil Rights Contribution (2004).

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