Diane Patrick to Receive Distinguished Service in Mental Health Advocacy Award

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D._PatrickFirst Lady of Massachusetts Diane Patrick Honored by Families for Depression Awareness

 Mrs. Patrick will accept a mental health advocacy award at Strides Against Stigma walk-a-thon, April 28, 2012

Families for Depression Awareness ("FFDA") is proud to announce that Diane Patrick, Esq., First Lady of Massachusetts, will receive the organization's first-ever Distinguished Service in Mental Health Advocacy Award.  FFDA established the award to honor an individual who has gone to extraordinary efforts to heighten public awareness of depressive disorders, empower families in need to seek treatment, and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.

FFDA President and Founder Julie Totten will present the award to Mrs. Patrick at FFDA's inaugural event, Strides Against Stigma.  The walk-a-thon will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Boston University's Nickerson Field.  Upon receiving the award, Mrs. Patrick will offer brief remarks.

"By sharing her story, Mrs. Patrick has inspired many to recognize the symptoms of depression within themselves and seek help," said Totten.  "We are honored by Mrs. Patrick's acceptance of FFDA's award and participation in Strides Against Stigma."

Beyond lending her voice to mental health advocacy, Mrs. Patrick practices labor and employment law as a partner at the Boston-based international law firm, Ropes & Gray LLP.  She actively serves the community by supporting issues including domestic violence prevention, education, and the arts.

Families for Depression Awareness is a national nonprofit organization that helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides.  Strides Against Stigma is a walk-a-thon that will build a community dedicated to erasing the stigma of depression and raise funds for FFDA's educational programs.  To learn more, call 781-890-0220 or visit www.stridesagainststigma.org.


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