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Adult Depression: Getting on the Path to Wellness as a Family
When one person in the family is struggling with depression, the entire family is affected. As a caregiver to an adult with depression, you’ll likely need to carry more of the household responsibilities. You might worry about them keeping up at work. And they might have trouble performing daily life activities, like getting out of bed. The stress on you may be piling up while each of your family members may need support. Fortunately, there are ways you can help your loved one, your family, and yourself to get on the path to wellness.

In this webinar, Dr. Christine M. Crawford discusses the causes and symptoms of depression in adults, practical ways that caregivers can support a loved one in getting help and accessing treatment, and how caregivers can support their families during episodes of depression. If your family is facing depression for the first time or you are looking for strategies to support your family members through a depressive episode, this webinar is for you.

Jun 29, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Christine M. Crawford
Associate Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry @Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Christine M. Crawford completed her adult psychiatry residency as well as child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital. She received her M.D. from University of Connecticut and her Masters in Public Health at BU School of Public Health. Dr. Crawford serves as the Associate Medical Director for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). She has been engaged in a number of community outreach initiatives through the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, NAACP, and NAMI. She has authored multiple book chapters on mental health disparities and socio-cultural issues in psychiatry, as well as peer-reviewed publications focusing on major depressive disorder. She has appeared on numerous media outlets and provides seminars on mental health and racism at various community settings.
Meg Amsden
Lived Experience
Meg looks on the bright side, she sees the glass as half full, and encourages without ceasing. When her husband, Dallas, was diagnosed with severe depression and a anxiety disorder in 2014, after the birth of their second son, she doubled down believing that her positivity & prayers would be enough to pull the family through. She was wrong. The journey was longer and harder than anticipated and it required more than her smiles and sweet sentiments. It required a whole team of doctors and friends and fellow group therapy participants as well as the assistance of people already on the path to wellness. Seven years have passed since those dark times and Dallas' days are now (mostly) bright as well. They have welcomed a third son into their family and currently reside in the greater St. Louis area where Meg teaches yoga and enjoys volunteering with Families for Depression Awareness.
Susan Weinstein
Co-Executive Director @Families for Depression Awareness
Susan Weinstein, J.D., joined Families for Depression Awareness in 2012, and now serves as Co-Executive Director primarily responsible for programs and operations. Ms. Weinstein’s professional experience includes advocating for low-income children’s right to education, enforcing local rent control law, developing continuing education for lawyers, teaching legal research and writing to law students, and running the statewide professional association for veterinarians. Ms. Weinstein has served as an appointed and/or elected official in Wayland, MA, since 1992, with an emphasis on affordable housing. Ms. Weinstein is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Boston University School of Law.