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AUSTIN EDITION col Dealing with depression

Code Yellow Team working to help prevent suicides

It's heartening to see young people in Austin getting involved in programs to help others deal with the insidious problem of medical depression.

It's estimated that up to 17 million people in this country suffer from depression. Left untreated, it can result in a myriad of problems, including divorce, job loss, academic problems, alcholism, drug abuse and -- worst of all -- the senseless loss of life.

The conditioin can affect people of all ages, including teens and young adults. The Depression Awareness Wellness Network project was started several years ago at Austin Medical Center to address a growing number of suicides in the region. An outgrowth of that program is the Code Yellow Team at Ellis Middle School, a group of students working to raise awareness of medical depression and help their peers and others suffering from it get help before it's too late.

The Code Yellow Team has designated March 6-10 as Depression Awareness Week in Austin.

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