Dallas, TX, October 07, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Gil Taylor Depression Awareness Alliance Created to Help Those with
Depression Find Help
Depression Affects One in 10 Adults
October 10, 2013 is National Depression Screening Day
The darkness of depression. If you live with it, you know something is wrong. But the problem according to many health professionals is that most people who have it don’t know it is depression. They don’t know how to recognize the symptoms, don’t know what questions to ask, don’t know where to go for help, and don’t know how to deal with the gripping sadness they experience.
Depression is a serious disease that can lead to suicide, something the family of Gil Taylor knows all too well. Three years ago, Gil took his life. Unbeknownst to his wife Katy, his parents Charlotte and Dudley Taylor, and his sister Amy Davis, Gil was battling depression – but what he was feeling and why, they will never know.
The road to recovery for Gil’s family has led them to a place they never imagined; the launch this month of the Gil Taylor Depression Awareness Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on depression and helping those impacted by the disease find help.
“October is National Mental Health Awareness Month, so we felt this was the perfect time to launch the Gil Taylor Depression Awareness Alliance,” said John Anderson, M.D., who is a member of the Alliance’s Board of Directors. “Our hope is that the Alliance will help the public recognize depression as a disease by stimulating conversation and eliminating the stigma associated with mental health issues. We also hope to provide direction to those who are affected by the disease so that lives are saved. It is important that people understand that depression, if diagnosed, is a treatable disease.
“The support Gil’s family received as they tried to make sense of everything has been overwhelming. Initially, donations in his memory went to the Gilford D. Taylor IV Fund administered by the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, which they continue to support, to fund depression research and work with medical professionals to recognize and treat depression. The Taylor family is honored to have the association with the Baylor Foundation, and is thrilled with the work being done. But they realized that in order for medical professionals to be able to treat more people with depression, a public charitable organization was needed to provide education on how to recognize the symptoms of depression in themselves or in others, and how to get help. The Gil Taylor Depression Awareness Alliance was formed, not as a memorial to Gil Taylor, but as a publicly supported resource to reach out and touch lives in our community impacted by this disease.”
Strategic Plan of the Gil Taylor Alliance
The Alliance’s strategic plans include hosting speaker forums featuring medical and academic leaders in the areas of depression recognition and treatment for employers, medical clinicians, ministerial staffs, families, and anyone else who may be in a position to recognize the warning signs of depression; multimedia communications programs to stimulate people to reach out – talk – share and eliminate the stigma associated with depression; and promoting the widespread use of depression screening tools, whether on the National Depression Screening Day or any day.
What is Depression?
Depression is a serious medical illness that negatively affects nearly one in 10 adults, nearly twice as many women as men, and about one in five teens, according to a 2010 report from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control.
· Feeling sad, empty, hopeless, or numb.
· Loss of energy or increased fatigue, insomnia or oversleeping
· Irritability or anxiety causing one to be short-tempered.
· Trouble making decisions or thinking clearly.
· Feeling guilty or worthless.
· Thoughts of death and suicide.
National Depression Screening Day
October 10, 2013, is National Depression Screening Day, a nationwide public education effort to raise awareness for depression. Locally, organizations provide free screenings and give treatment referrals. Additionally, many organizations such as Screening for Mental Health offer online screening tools. For more information on the screen tools, or to take a survey, visit www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org.
About the Gil Taylor Depression Awareness Alliance
Dallas-based Gil Taylor Depression Awareness Alliance is a non-profit launched to raise awareness of depression through advocacy and education while providing a community of support for those impacted by the disease within the home, workplace and social networks. The Alliance’s vision is to create a community that recognizes depression as an illness and supports those who are impacted by the disease, so that lives are ultimately saved. For more information visit www.GilTaylorDepressionAwarenessAlliance.org.