Friday, 06 September 2013
In late August, Families for Depression Awareness presented to two groups of Boston University first-year students who were taking part in a service-learning program. The students we worked with were learning about disabilities and public health issues. Four of our volunteer speakers facilitated the presentation. A little about each of them can be found beneath their photos.
Trenni talks to students about her experience with depression.
Trenni is an anchor for Comcast SportsNet New England. She focuses her work with us on empowering people of all ages to talk about mental health, and reminds people that anybody, no matter what kind of work they do, can experience depression or bipolar.
Olivia and Trenni facilitate a language and stigma workshop.
Olivia has spoken to groups of all ages about her experience with bipolar. She and her mother often will talk about the experience they had together while Olivia was first experiencing bipolar in high school, and how they worked together as a family to get help for Olivia.
Colin shares his story with the group.
Colin shares the story of his own experience as a person living with depression, as well as his life as a suicide survivor (a person who has lost a loved one to a suicide). He speaks in memory of his brother and with the goal of encouraging people to speak openly about depression. His candid story reminds people to support their loved ones and to do whatever it takes to help get them well.
Courtney talks with the students about her experience with depression.
Courtney enjoys speaking to groups about her treatment journey, and reminds her audience that finding the right fit in a clinician can take time. Her story is unique as she wrote it as part of her treatment in a community-based acute treatment program (CBAT). Courtney’s optimism about the success of her treatment is contagious to her audience.