Break Free from Depression Programs and Services

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Raising awareness about adolescent depression

Nearly one million American adolescents experience depression each year. Left untreated, depression can lead to deteriorating school work, strained relationships with peers and adults, and high rates of absenteeism, school dropout, and substance abuse. Depression also puts adolescents at greater risk for suicide; nearly 50% of teens who die by suicide are diagnosed with depression. Yet, approximately 60-80% of teens with depression go undiagnosed and untreated. 

The good news is that depression is treatable and with increased awareness and early intervention efforts, both young people and adults can learn to identify the signs of depression and get help sooner. Research has shown that early intervention with adolescents can prevent the escalation of symptoms of depression.

Break Free from Depression was created to increase awareness around this important issue. With this curriculum, we hope to reduce stigma around mental health, increase knowledge about depression, increase confidence in identifying signs and symptoms, and increase teens' skills around finding help for themselves and their peers.

What is depression?

Depression is a biological illness that impacts the way you feel, the way you think, and the way you act. It is not a character flaw, a weakness, nor is it something you can just "get over" without help. To learn more about depression, please click here. 




Adolescent Wellness, Inc.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Boston Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Families for Depression Awareness

Parent/ Professional Advocacy League

Suicide Prevention Resource Guide




I Don't Want to Talk About It – Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real (1997)

Boys of Few Words by Adam J. Cox (2006)

Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by David Allen Walsh; Nat Bennett

Out of the Darkened Room: Protecting the Children and Strengthening the Family When a Parent Is Depressed by William R. Beardslee (2002)

If Your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents by Dwight L. Evans, M.D. and Linda Wasmer Andrews (2005)

Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents. By Francis Mark Mondimore (2002)

Recovering From Depression: A Workbook for Teens by Copeland and Copans (2002)

The Grieving Teen - A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends by Helen Fitzgerald (2000)

Living When A Young Friend Commits Suicide by Earl A. Grollman and Max Malikow (1999)

When A Friend Dies – A Book for Teens About Grieving and Healing by Marilyn E. Gootman (2005)


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