Ep#139: Valerie Cordero - Families for Depression Awareness

Aug 01, 2019

On this week's episode, we are privileged to speak with Valerie Cordero, PhD. She is the Co-Executive Director of Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA), a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides.

Valerie joined the FFDA staff in 2010 and has held positions in administration, programs, and development. Now based in FFDA’s Nashville office, Valerie utilizes her personal knowledge of how mood disorders affect families to inform her work. Since assuming the role of Co-Executive Director, Valerie has lent her voice to national discussions of mood disorders and been featured on major media outlets such as NPR, Better Homes & Gardens, and New York Magazine’s vertical The Cut. She received her BA from Spelman College and earned her Masters and PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

We discuss Valerie's choice to get involved with mental health, specifically why she was drawn to Families for Depression Awareness. We also go in depth into their mission, some of their programs, and their resources. We also chat about how family members are partners in care, and ways to approach the conversation of mental with family. Also, you will absolutely enjoy this week's positive play call.

To discover more about FFDA, gain access to their resources, or to support their mission of helping families, please visit, http://familyaware.org.

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Hosted by: Dallas Amsden
Produced by: LineupMedia.fm

*For those in crisis: if you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

* If you need someone to talk to, 7Cups connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support. 7Cups is the world’s largest mental health system with 340,000 volunteers offering free anonymous, on-demand support via chat messaging.

* Or, if you are a loved one is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder – PTSD – please contact the National Center for PTSD today at: https://www.ptsd.va.gov

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The information provided in this podcast is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding depression, anxiety disorder, or any other mental health or medical condition.


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