In the US, Local Church Helps Drag Mental Illness Out of the Closet

“When I was diagnosed in 2001 with clinical depression, I was ashamed.” These were the words of Richard Smallwood, celebrated Christian musician and author of such gospel classics as “Healing,” and “Total Praise,” at the Emmanuel Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ashton, Maryland, United States, on February 25. “It was a triple strike, as an African-American, as an African-American male, and as an African-American church-goer.”

Study shows depression becoming more common among U.S. teens

The number of U.S. adolescents and young adults with untreated depression may be on the rise, a recent study suggests.

For youth ages 12 to 17, the prevalence of depression increased from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 per cent in 2014, the study found. Among adults aged 18 to 25, the prevalence climbed from 8.8 per cent to 9.6 per cent during the study period.