Often referred to as the “common cold” of mental illness, depression is a prevalent medical condition impacting over 21 million Americans each year. But while the common cold is a nuisance illness, depression is a very real issue that remains misunderstood and stigmatized by many. For the individual sufferer, life with depression is filled with despair, pain, misery, shame, guilt, and a loss of hope. For those who care about someone with depression they are often left trying to care for and help their loved one who is a hollow shell of their former selves. Other concerns include:
- Depression is the leading cause of short term disability in the United States and it costs the American workplace over 100 billion dollars annually.
- Depression is likely the leading cause of the over 35,000 suicides that occur each year in the United States.
- Depression is on the rise and is recognized to be a serious and significant issue for children, adolescents, adults, and older Americans.
- Depression in the Workplace
- Depression in Men
- Depression and the family
- Depression and teens (bullying message included)
- Depression and chronic disease management
- Depression “101”
About the Presenter:
Mark Meier is a Master’s prepared Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years of professional experience. Mark is the Executive Director of Face It, a nonprofit organization focused on the needs of men with depression. Mark is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches on Depression in the Graduate School of Social Work and is a frequent lecturer and contributor in the School of Medicine. Mark has delivered over 150 talks across the United States on depression and has authored several articles and training materials. In 2011, Mark rode his bicycle 3200 miles across the United States to raise awareness about depression. Mark is a regular contributor on the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis (KARE 11). In addition to his professional and academic background, Mark speaks openly about his own struggles with depression, suicide attempt, hospitalization, and recovery. For more information please contact the Face It office at 612.789.9897 or email@example.com.