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    Fri, 31 May 2013 10:58:57

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    Depression sucks. Rather than view it with a stigma, it needs to be treated as the illness that it is.

    Singer Rick Springfield is working to change the perception of depression and has recently joined in the support for Field for Hope, an international awareness campaign to end the stigma of depression. Rick has talked openly about living with depression and understands how hard it is for the 350 million worldwide currently living with the disease to seek treatment because of the stigma around mental illness and depression.

    "Depression is a tough subject to talk about," said musician Rick Springfield, who has talked openly about living with depression, including in his documentary, An Affair of the Heart, being released on DVD in July and currently airing on EPIX. "Campaigns like Field for Hope and the 'Pledge to Plant' help get people to start talking about mental illness, which will hopefully let others know that there are treatment options out there for them. Also it's very important to know you are not alone. We are social animals and depression tends to lead us away from that. It's good to know you're not the only one with the dark feelings. It's very healing to talk to someone."

    Visit www.causes.com to pledge.

    Check out the photo of Springfield at the Yellow Rick Road An Affair of the Heart premiere at which iFred was a participant.

    What can you do to help spread the word about depression?

    —Katie Sheehan

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