From My Experience: Youth Discuss Living Through a Mental Health Crisis

The teen years can be challenging. When pressures from school, peers, work, family, and society build, it can be hard to know how to let off steam. Bingeing Netflix and sleeping through tough days might feel helpful at the moment, but that doesn’t address the underlying stressors. Too often, teens feel alone, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and without hope. Sometimes this can lead to a mental health crisis situation. What happens then?

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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.

Understanding Teen Mental Health

For Parents and Other Caregivers, Youth Workers, and Caring Adults Interested in Teen Mental Health.

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Coping with Stress and Depression in the Workplace

For Family Caregivers, Employee Assistance Program Professionals, and Adults Concerned About Themselves or Others.

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Coping with Stress and Depression: Strategies for Families

For Family Caregivers, Military Families and Service Personnel, Employee Assistance Program Professionals, and Adults Concerned About Themselves or Others.

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Bipolar Disorder: Beyond the Basics

For Family Caregivers and Others with an Interest in Supporting Someone with Bipolar Disorder

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