What We Do
In an effort to find meaning and significance in our loss, we established PAD to gather, collate, organize, and present information to youth about the factors that may contribute to mental health diseases. We are not health care professionals – our goal is to provide information about depression, reduce associated stigma, and encourage youth to reach out when in need.
Using the information we have researched and gathered, PAD has created a curriculum for distribution and presentation in high school health classes and for Parent Teacher Associations (PTA). Since 2014, we have reached over 5,000 students and their parents and teachers via live health class presentations in Montgomery, Carroll, and Washington Counties in Maryland and Page County, Virginia. With support, we hope to deploy our curriculum nationwide to reach tens of thousands of students.
Information is power. Armed with the right facts, our hope is 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.
Our simple message has the potential to save lives: Depression is a brain disease and there is no shame in asking for help. Early intervention is key.
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