“Until one of your friends, or your child, or a loved one is diagnosed with depression, you cannot understand how depression continues to be a whispered disease. We must advocate for those who have lost their voice and break through the silence of depression.”
– Ann McGuinn, LEAD Pittsburgh Board of Directors
NAMI on Depression
(From National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI], Updated March, 2015) Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It’s a serious mental health condition that requires understanding, treatment and a good recovery plan. With early detection, diagnosis and a treatment plan consisting of medication, psychotherapy and lifestyle choices, many people get better. But left untreated, depression can be devastating, both for the people who have it and for their families… [Read More]
Text START to 741 741. Crisis text line (http://www.crisistextline.org/faq/) connects individuals in a crisis situation with trained counselors. Those who use the text line receive quick care and have their concerns validated, often resulting in taking the heat out of a tense moment. The crisis text line has received and responded to over 15 million texts to date. Anonymous data from texts is fed into a database, then algorithms are run to determine patterns such as the most challenging times of day for people with various problems (i.e. substance abuse, depression, anorexia, etc.) These trends are available to educate the public at www.crisistrends.org.
Clinic Without Walls
The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center provides uninsured and under-insured individuals an opportunity to work with a therapist at a lower cost. Adults, adolescents and children are all served by Clinic Without Walls. For more information, visit http://www.pghpsa.org/clinic-without-walls/
211 Resource Line for Southwestern PA
Walk-in assistance (No appointment needed) 333 North Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208 (North Point Breeze) Health, housing and human services information in SWPA provided both by phone (dial 211) and online at http://pa211sw.org/
(November 7, 2015) The Rebecca Lynn Cutler Legacy of Life Foundation recently added an important article on Teen Depression, How Mood Disorders Affect Young Adults. How Mood Disorders Affect Young Adults: Do you ever wonder whether your irritable or unhappy adolescent might actually be experiencing teen depression? Of course, most teens feel unhappy at times. And when you add hormone havoc to the many other changes happening in a teen’s life, it’s easy to see why their moods swing like a pendulum… [Read More]
Student Mental Health: A Guide to Identifying Disorders and Promoting Wellness
(American Psychological Association) Everyone experiences sadness from time to time. But depression lasts longer, interferes with daily life and can cause physical pain. Fortunately, depression is highly treatable. Getting effective treatment is crucial. This question and answer guide explains depression and how it can be treated effectively. Read the guide at http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-depression.aspx.
Compeer Inc. “develops, delivers and supports model programs that inspire and engage communities through the power of volunteer friends and mentors of [their] Compeer affiliate programs.” Visit their site at: www.compeer.org
Mobile Apps (Published by The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA) Mobile apps can be effective tools that make therapy more accessible, efficient, and portable for those with anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD, and other related disorders. […Read More]
DBSA Wellness Tracker
DBSA Wellness Tracker Wellness involves your whole health–emotional and mental, as well as physical. The DBSA Wellness Tracker is a free and user-friendly online tool and app that allows you to keep track of your mental and physical health. The tracker’s reporting feature gives you an at-a-glance summary of key health trends.
mADAP Depression Education
mADAP Depression Education From the official description: “The mADAP app is created by the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to provide education about adolescent depression. The app includes videos from expert faculty talking about various topics relevant to anyone who may be having, or know someone, with symptoms of Major Depression – a treatable medical illness. The material is adapted from the ADAP program (Adolescent Depression Awareness Program) which is an education curriculum used in many schools across the country for adolescent depression education. Learn about the symptoms of major depression and how it is diagnosed, why talking to a professional is important, why treatment matters, and the steps to take to act and seek care.”
Read LEAD’s Letter to the Editor—published 6.20.17!