Why depression education is important
Major Depression is a common medical illness experienced by at least 5% of American teenagers and is nearly as prevalent as asthma. As depression is a potentially fatal illness, it is critical that everyone be educated about the symptoms. Suicide, the most serious risk of depression, is the second leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds and college students.
The goal of the ADAP curriculum is to destigmatize the illness of depression through education while addressing suicide as a potential, tragic consequence of mood disorders. Because untreated depression is the primary cause of suicide, depression education is effective suicide prevention.