Depression is a real and treatable illness

The Congregational Depression Awareness Program (CDAP) trains volunteers from faith communities to share valuable information about depression in their congregations and communities. The goals of the program are to increase awareness of depression, decrease the stigma associated with depression and mental illness, increase awareness of treatments for depression and assist with identifying and accessing resources.

About Depression

Clinical depression (also referred to as major depression or major depressive disorder) is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans every year. One in five adults will experience an episode of major depression in their lifetime. 90% of people who die by suicide have a mental health condition.

More about depression

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I tell people that it’s OK to get the help you need. Putting together the medical and spiritual has helped me to live a better life. I help people to see that mental illness is an illness that can happen to anyone.

Pamula Yerby-Hammack, executive pastor at the City of Abraham Church and Ministries in Baltimore and a CDAP trainer

Johns Hopkins Congregational Depression Awareness Program Teaches Faith Leaders About Mental Illness

CDAP volunteers are taught how to recognize depression among congregants. They also learn how to get professional help for congregation members and how to give them hope.

Team and Contact Information

For more information, please contact Dan Hale at [email protected].

W. Daniel Hale, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Congregational Depression Awareness Program

Denis Antoine, M.D.

Co-Director, Congregational Depression Awareness Program

This program is supported by the John and Polly Sparks Foundation and the O’Neill Foundation of Community Health.