DEPRESSION

Public Service Announcement, Articles, Interviews, and Books About Depression

Public Service Announcement (PSA):

Public Service Announcement: Message to Anyone Affected by Depression or Suicidal Thoughts

3/11/15 is the first anniversary of Mr. Young's "awakening after a near-suicide".  This video should be viewed by anyone who is affected by depression, has ...
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Defending Robin Williams’ Death and Leveraging Facebook Helped Me to Rediscover My Light ​

The world was shocked to learn about Robin Williams’ death and the manner in which he died two years ago.  Mr. Williams death-by-suicide led to ...
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Depression – An Unnecessary Stigma

Depression is an ailment that affects the body just like any other illness.  The difference with depression is that it primarily impacts an individual’s mind, ...
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Depression as a Mnemonic

Reference for anyone affected by depression:* (D)ecide to seek treatment to obtain help to become better;* (E)ducate yourself about depression by obtaining information and working ...
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Depression Can Be a Limiter; Willpower a Liberator

In a short period of time, an individual’s life can change from feelings of desperation, despair, and a belief that their life doesn’t have any ...
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Depression Can Lead to Individuals Questioning Their Value(s)

Value --- whether it’s personal, family, financial, moral, or spiritual --- is pursued by everyone.  It can be a driving force, an artificial projection, or ...
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Depression: Coming Out of the Fog

I’m often asked about my ability to make positive forward-progress after a near suicide.  The questions normally asked are: what changed; what drives your ability ...
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Depression: It Happens!

There is sometimes confusion about mental health challenges, as well as a lack of understanding about depression as compared to other bodily ailments.  Depression is ...
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Depression: My Journey Through the Fog

My perspective on life has almost always been ‘the glass is half full’ --- even during difficult moments.  Therefore, I never thought that depression would ...
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Functioning While Depressed

Depression isn’t necessarily related to individuals who aren’t able to function, as there are numerous individuals who are depressed (whether they know it or not) ...
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Helping Someone Who Might Be Depressed

Individuals who might be depressed could use: attention, support, a conversation, an outing, and more.  However, something that isn’t needed is for someone to say, ...
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​​​​​​​It’s ‘Still’ a Wonderful Life

Every year around this time I look forward to watching some if not all of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  I never realized the ...
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Journey After a Near-Suicide to Educate, Remove Stigmas, and Save Lives

After learning about Robin Williams’ death (8/11/14), I paused, reflected, and privately understood the types of demons that might have affected him.  This would have ...
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Letter to Myself the Day Before My Near-Suicide Written Almost Seven Years Later

During the height of your career as a program manager, you worked with individuals who were unethical, lacked morals, used their power to circumvent processes/procedures, ...
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Letter to Myself the Day Before My Near-Suicide: Written A Year Later

You’re not going to believe this, but tomorrow (3/11/14) your life will significantly change.  By mid-morning, you’ll make a life changing choice about whether you ...
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Someone Stopped and Listened; It’s the Only Reason I’m Still Alive

This month (July) is “Minority Mental Health Awareness Month”, which is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health challenges --- especially in minority communities.  Therefore, ...
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The Day I Almost Committed Suicide

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) estimates that suicide is the 10th largest cause of death in the United States.  Moreover, AFSP estimates that ...
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Who is Your “Mental Health Buddy?!”

Many of us have study buddies, workout partners, club/party crew, office husbands/wives, best friends, and other classifications. But... who is your "mental health buddy" to ...
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Why Shouldn’t Men Cry

Crying is something that everyone does; it’s a normal part of life.  However, if you’re male, then there are often different standards applied.  The issue ...
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