LEAD Pittsburgh wants to help parents and caregivers to know the signs of teen depression and anxiety. Click here for a list of signs to watch for and for helpful resources. Teens need your care and loving support!

Depression does not define someone

Rather, depression is only one component of a person’s being. LEAD Pittsburgh is a voice for those living with depression.

LEAD Pittsburgh (Leading Education and Awareness for Depression), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a unique community initiative advocating for the recognition and acceptance of depression as a treatable medical condition and for the need to eliminate barriers to treatment. 

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Depression is COMMON: In 2015, an estimated 17.5 million U.S. adults aged 18 or older experienced a depression disorder and 18.7 million experienced an anxiety disorder that year.1 Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13 to 18 (21.4%) struggles with a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.2 Further, in 2016-2017 Penn State’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health surveyed more than 160,000 college students at 147 colleges and universities.  Of those students, 52.7% attended counseling services for mental health concerns, with the top 3 primary issues being anxiety, depression and relationship problems.3

Depression is a MEDICAL CONDITION: Yet unlike other health challenges such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, which are more openly discussed today, depression is still stigmatized, misunderstood and difficult to discuss.  

Depression is TREATABLE: The key is to seek help from a qualified provider. Today, there are many treatment options available for people with depression. 

LEAD Pittsburgh’s cornerstone project, SCoRE®— Student Curriculum on Resilience Education—is a resource for young adults to help build their resilience skills, the goal being to hopefully protect them against the development of anxiety and depression— skills which benefit us all.

It is LEAD’s goal to support those living with depression through education; advocacy for increased access to treatment; reduction of stigma; and building resilience.

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1Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders. Global Health Estimates. World Health Organization: 2017. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO
2National Institute of Mental Health, Any Disorder Among Children (n.d.) Retrieved March 11, 2018, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-disorder-among-children.shtml
3Penn State Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), 2017 Annual Report.