WHO WE ARE
We envision a world where mental health is seen as an integral part of overall health, and where all young people are able to access the resources and support needed to address early signs of depression.
At P.A.D. our mission is to reduce the number of preventable suicides among young people between 13 and 30 years of age by increasing awareness, identifying gaps in diagnosis and treatment, and advocating long-term policy change relating to depression.
At PAD we make presentations to PTA and high school health classes and to raise depression awareness. Information is empowerment. Armed with the information that PAD has gathered, it is our hope that others may be able to recognize when a loved one is in danger of wandering down a very dark path, and prevent the horror that we will have to endure for the rest of our lives.
Loss of Loved One
The loss of a loved one is always difficult. When a parent loses a child, the pain is simply indescribable. How could an exuberantly happy, giggly child; a wide-eyed, curious, well liked adolescent; an intelligent, insightful, articulate young adult at the very threshold of a success take his own life. What drove him to such despair and hopelessness?
We were a happy family. We laughed a lot. We were good parents, and we provided our son with opportunities to enrich his mind, to expand his horizons and to make the world his own. Still, we were unable to save him.
Birth of PAD
Our tragic loss inspired us to establish Parents Against Depression, Inc., We became determined that our son Dominic’s death would have meaning and significance beyond the four walls of our home and our own broken hearts. After our son’s death, we were left with an infinite number of nagging questions for which there seemed to be no answers.
We came to understand that there were millions of other parents searching for answers to the same questions. We knew that we had to do something to help them – and to help us set our minds and hearts to rest.
Through our PAD research we discovered that there were answers to our questions, but they were hidden in medical journals, academic literature and in university laboratories around the world.
PAD was launched to gather, collate, organize and present information about the physiological, psychological, psychosocial and behavioral factors that may describe – when presented in aggregate – the profile of one who may be at risk for depression or other brain diseases.
We are not health care professionals. Our goal is to provide you information regarding depression and to tell you our story.Please contact your health care professionals regarding treatment options.
We have presented to several health classes and have received excellent feedback! At the end of each presentation the students received a survey to fill out. Please see the collected information below.