Think of a dozen people you know. On average, at least two of them are living with a diagnosed mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.* These conditions are not personal faults: They are disorders that can affect how people think, feel and act.
*National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Statistics: Any Mood Disorder Among Adults. March 5, 2013.
Don’t ignore depression
Depression affects more than 15 million American adults.* There are no blood tests or X-rays to diagnose it. And, people with depression may be less willing to see a doctor. Yet depression is a highly treatable condition.
*National Institute of Mental Health. Major Depression Among Adults.
Diabetes, skin infections, stroke – these all need treatment. So does depression. It doesn’t just get better on its own. And like other health conditions, it can get worse over time. Finding the right treatment could take a little time – but it’s worth it.
Drugs to treat depression
Most people with depression can get relief with medication. These drugs don’t work instantly, though – it can take up to eight weeks to notice a difference.
Finding emotional support
Finding the right emotional support is like finding the right jeans: fit matters. We’re here to help you find the right fit to match your needs.
It only takes a minute
What does it take to make a difference? Have you ever thought about what you could do to improve someone’s mood or day? Take a minute to watch how some people are addressing topics we haven’t always been comfortable talking about. It takes less time than you think to make an impact, but it has to start somewhere – what will you do with your next minute?
Her friend was there
When Jennifer faced depression, her best friend Alyson was there for her. Never underestimate the impact you can have on someone else’s life.
Space for wellness
The spaces in which we spend time have an impact on us. Registered architect Jay Tackett is working to give spaces a more positive influence on our mental health.
Blayne Smith had a difficult time returning to his life after serving in the military. He focused on working out and finding people who could relate. Now his organization – Team Red, White and Blue – helps others do the same.
The power of a pet
Animals hold a special power. Lynne Robinson knows this. She founded Paws for People, which uses dogs (and other animals) as partners for children who struggle with reading.