Depression

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Big surprise - movies and television are not always the most reliable sources when it comes to getting information about medical treatment.

Kevin Hines

When he was 19 years old, Kevin Hines threw himself off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco.  Tormented by a variety of mental illnesses - in his own words - "haphazardly following his treatment plan - but really not" - he decided to end his own life.

David Romano is a graduate of the College of St. Scholastica, a social worker at Amberwing, and a person with depression.  He says opening up conversations about mental illness might have made a difference to the Germanwings pilot who may have deliberately crashed a passenger plane last week. Plus he says  his bike ride across America will be scary and difficult - much like mental illness itself.

Sam Taylor-Wood

The death of comedian, actor and philanthropist Robin Williams has left the world reeling.  Monday night at 6pm, Community Conversations will focus on depression and identity.  Are you a human being or a human "doing," and how does that make you feel?  Plus information about help for depression sufferers and their families right here in the Twin Ports. 

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Even though one out of four people suffer from some form of mental illness, the stigma persists. Find out what a pair of UMD alums (and documentary filmmakers) and Miss Minneapolis 2014 are doing to change the public perception of mental illness and its sufferers.