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Message of Hope for Depressed Teens at 2015 Academy Awards

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore Publically Shares His Attempted Teen Suicide and Ongoing Struggle with Depression

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore

He is bold, brazen and courageous!  Screenwritter Graham Moore- age 34, shared his Oscar winning moment with millions of teens around the world as he bravely disclosed his attempted suicide when he was 16 years old.  Moore made abundantly clear that his Hollywood moment in the limelight was not for him alone, but for the numerous teens suffering with depression.

“When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here, and so I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

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Robin Williams’ Death Reminds us Mental Illness can Affect Anyone

Robin WilliamsThe world is mourning the loss of one of the best actors, philanthropists and comedians today as Robin Williams was found deceased in his home yesterday at the age of 63. Williams died from an apparent suicide, when his struggle with depression and substance abuse came to an end. According to his publicists, Williams was likely to be suffering from bipolar disorder along with his severe depression symptoms. He even underwent rehab as recently as July to protect his sobriety.

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September 10, 2013: World Suicide Prevention Day

suicide prevention dayThe International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-sponsoring World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10th. The theme for the 11th anniversary event is “Stigma: A Major Barrier for Suicide Prevention.”  What an appropriate topic for this year’s WSPD! Considering that stigma is probably one of the main reasons why many patients suffering from mental health issues refuse to get help, it’s crucial that we dedicate this year’s WSPD to raise awareness to fight stigma in all of its forms.

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Overworking Can Be A Sign Of Depression In Men

Men, in particular, may be unlikely to admit to being depressed and even less likely to seek help. With about six million American men suffering from depression every year, according to the Mayo Clinic, it is important not to leave this sector of society aside and in the dark. Researchers and clinicians are coming to think that the traditional signs of depression (sadness, worthlessness, excessive guilt) may not represent many men’s experience of a depressive mood[1] and instead they could be showing an increase in fatigue, irritability, and anger. Men are also more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as ways of self-medication and this makes it even harder to properly diagnose depression.

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