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Study finds that individuals with mental illness encounter more barriers to finding employment than others. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 November 2012
interview_pictureA new study commissioned by WISE Employment, a nonprofit organization that works with employers and job seekers to obtain meaningful employment, reported that individuals with mental illness experience more barriers to finding employment opportunities than people with physical or intellectual disabilities.


Study Suggests Suicidal Teens Not Receiving Specialized Mental Health Care PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 October 2012

teen_doctorAccording to an analysis led by Kathleen Merikangas, Ph.D. of the National Institute of Mental Health, most teens who are thinking of suicide or already attempted suicide have not received appropriate mental health services. More than 10,000 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 completed the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), and answered questions about whether they had any suicidal thoughts (ideation), plans, or actions in the year immediately preceeding the survey.

Exploring the link between breast cancer and depression PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 October 2012

breast_cancerOctober is breast cancer awareness month. Every year, millions of people come together in support of a disease that affects 1 in 8 women. On October 10th, World Mental Health Day, blogger Rebecca Palpant wrote about the connection between breast cancer and an oft-ignored topic; co-morbid clinical depression.

Mental Health Conditions Are Top 5 Causes of Disability in Children PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 October 2012

teen_doctorWhen you are a parent, your child’s health is always at the forefront of your mind. Parents routinely recognize the signs of common physical illnesses in their kids and cart them off to the doctor at the earliest signs of trouble. But would the average parent get a check up for a socially withdrawn teenager or just chalk it up to normal teen moodiness? Without signs as obvious as coughing and sneezing, many parents miss the warning signs of mental illnesses.

Seasonal Affective Disorder PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 September 2012

seasonal-depressionThe slight chill in the air and a series of damp dark days signal that fall is upon us. The change in the season also means that some people will see an increase in depressive symptoms.

More Americans Die by Suicide Than in Car Accidents PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012

Sad_Girl_BlackMany media outlets have recently picked up the results of a study published in the American Journal of Public Health which shows that suicide has surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of death by injury. Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death by injury between 2000 and 2008, but in 2009 suicides took the lead.

Boston University's FYSOP Students Volunteer with FFDA PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 September 2012

FYSOP_postersWe were chosen to host 40 incoming freshmen as part of Boston University’s First Year Service Outreach Project (FYSOP). Between August 29th and 31st, we hosted 3 groups of 13 students who spent 7 hours each day volunteering with us. After helping us with numerous projects, we asked them to write about their experiences. Read about their experiences, written in their own words.

How Lynne and Bob easily DOUBLE their donations to Families for Depression Awareness PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Boschee_photo2Employer matching gifts are a great way for supporters of Families for Depression Awareness to make their dollars stretch even further!  Yet, many people don't know that all they have to do is ask their employer or check on their company website to see if this option is available to them.  Read about how Lynne and Bob support Families for Depression Awareness through Merrill Lynch's matching gift program.

Should People With Mental Illness Have Children? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 August 2012

family_profile_pataWe stumbled across a “Dear Prudence” letter from a couple with a significant history of mental illness who were agonizing over whether or not they should have children. The writer describes herself as someone who has OCD, depression, and PTSD, while her fiancé struggles with social anxiety and alcoholism. They both love children, and have discussed starting a family. But, they have serious concerns about how having kids could affect their mental health, and conversely, how their illnesses may affect their children.

Veterans With PTSD Should be Screened for Major Depression According to Canadian Study PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 August 2012

VeteransCrisisLineLogoThe July 23 issue of Time Magazine article “The War On Suicide” brought the issue of veteran suicide into the mainstream news, and the living rooms and lives of all Americans. The article discussed the implications of the shocking statistic that in the first 155 days of 2012, 154 active duty American troops had committed suicide.

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