FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I want to help the Charles E. Kubly Foundation in its efforts to improve the lives of those affected by depression. What can I do?
Keeping overhead costs down enables the maximum amount of funds to be provided for life-improving projects. This is one of the Foundation's main goals. We have tried to answer as many FAQs to allow for our volunteers and employees to dedicate themselves to as much project-related work as possible. Feel free to contact
us with any questions.
with us so that you can receive our mailings and news about upcoming events electronically. Make a donation
to the Foundation and help fund quality mental health projects. Talk about the illness of depression openly. Spread the word that it is a treatable disease.
Q: How does the Foundation distribute funds and decide upon projects?
The Charles E. Kubly Foundation receives project proposals from nonprofit organizations who educate about depression and/or provide services for people with depression and other mental illness. We choose projects which closely fit with our mission to raise awareness of depression, reduce the stigma associated with it and help people access resources in their community. Additionally, some of the selected projects have focused on suicide prevention. Our goal is to raise enough funds to support depression related research as well.
Q: How long has the Foundation been in existence?
The Charles E. Kubly Foundation was created in 2003. Friends and family of Charlie Kubly, who took his own life after a struggle with depression, came together to see what could be done to help others. It became immediately clear that the community was interested in this effort.
Q: What are the common symptoms of depression?
Q: How common is depression and how treatable is it?
- Sadness or irritability
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Loss of interest in activities formerly enjoyed
- Loss of appetite or increased eating
- Problems sleeping or sleeping too much
- Thoughts of suicide
- Negative effect on one's work performance and social relationships
- Diminished ability to think or concentrate
- Decrease in sex drive
Depression is very common and very treatable. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 15 million Americans suffer from depression. It is important to note that 80% of those that seek treatment are treated successfully.
Q: Are there different kinds of depression?
The most common form of depression is Major Depression
, in which individuals typically suffer severely low mood, trouble with sleeping too little or too much, and loss of interest in most areas of daily living for at least two weeks. Dysthymia
is a type of depression in which individuals feel sadness more days than not over a period of at least two years. Bipolar Disorder
consists of periods of depression alternating with manic highs, in which an individual can feel energetic or euphoric. Postpartum Depression
is depression which strikes women in weeks or months immediately following childbirth. Seasonal Affective Disorder
is a cyclical change in mood connected with the length of daylight hours, with depression typically occurring in late fall or winter.
Q: What should I do if I think I have depression?
It is important to consult with a mental health professional. Your primary care physician can recommend someone. For more information on depression, please visit The National Institute of Mental Health
Q: What should I do if I am experiencing a mental health crisis?
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and feel that you are in danger of harming yourself or others, please call 911 immediately.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. CALL
988 or chat 988lifeline.org