A place to learn

At Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA), we focus on the families of people living with depression or bipolar disorder ("mood disorders"), equipping family caregivers with education and training so they can provide effective, constructive support to their loved ones.

Mood disorders affect everyone in a family, not only those with the diagnosis. Each family member should be able to have their needs identified and addressed.

In addition to passing along a higher likelihood of having a mood disorder, parents living with a mood disorder can find it hard to engage with their children, take care of household chores, do their work, and sometimes even to get out of bed.


Family caregivers risk wearing themselves out as they help their loved one seek treatment, manage the household and the family, and try to keep a roof over their heads.

Since our beginning, we have shared family stories to help caregivers feel like they are not alone, show that families can address mood disorders together, inspire hope, and dispel stigma. Each year, we add to our library of honest and inspiring accounts of families facing the challenges of mood disorders and suicide.

Creating Healthy Tech and Media Habits with Your Teen

For Family Caregivers, Family Members, Friends, and Caring Adults interested in learning about the effect of technology and media on teen mental health and how to support teens’ wellness.

Learn More

Building Your Family Caregiver Toolkit: Strategies for Supporting Loved Ones to Get Well

For Caregivers, Family Members, Friends, and Caring Adults Interested in Learning About Being an Effective Caregiver.

Learn More

My Teen Won’t Talk With Me! Strategies for Building Trust and Communicating Effectively

For Parents and Other Caregivers, Youth Workers, and Caring Adults Interested in Building Trust with Their Teen and Communicating Effectively

Learn More

What if I Say the Wrong Thing? Tips for Communicating When Your Loved One Is Depressed

For Caregivers, Family Members, Friends, and Caring Adults Interested in Adult Depression

Learn More