Depression does not and should not define who someone is—it 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 2014, an estimated 15.7 million U.S. adults aged 18 or older had at least one major depressive episode that year.1  Major depression will strike 20-26% of women and 8-12% of men at least once in their lifetime.2  Further, in 2013-2014 Penn State’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health surveyed more than 100,000 college students at 140 colleges and universities.  Of those students, 48.1% 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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1Data courtesy of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
2Journal of the American Medical Association, 1996.
3Penn State Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), 2014 Annual Report. Published Feb 5, 2015. p. 20.