Finding Support Online

 

Depression is fairly common and affects many individuals. In fact, more than 264 million people worldwide suffer from depression and more than 15 million adults in the United States. It is the leading cause of disability among individuals who are 15-44 years old. Most people can fully recover with treatment and support. Eating a healthy diet and taking part in physical activity can make a major difference to your recovery time. Whether you have fully recovered or are still on the path to recovery, it is always nice to know there are other individuals out there who are going through the same thing as you. However, sometimes it can be hard to find resources to help you stay on track.

There are many blogs online that offer support, resources, the latest on mental health research, useful self-care tips, counseling, or even to just share your feelings. Participating in social activities such as these blogs is important so you do not become isolated. You can turn to the following blogs knowing that you are not alone.

  • Time to Change is a social movement that focuses on changing attitudes toward mental illness. They believe it is important to talk about it. In this blog you will read from people who live with depression themselves and who write about their perspective on it. You will find yourself reading stories about being misunderstood, dealing with mental health stigma in the workplace, and not receiving the right kind of help from well-intentioned loved ones.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the most popular mental health organization in the United States. They are devoted to getting rid of mental health stigma and making life better and easier for those who suffer from a mental illness. Their detailed blogs include information about mental health and social media, maintaining healthy friendships with mental illness, and growing up without mental health support.
  • Healthy Place provides articles that includes comprehensive information on mental health issues, different types of medications and treatments, and news and developments within the mental health community. There’s also a section that is filled with free psychological tests you can take to see if you have depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses.
  • Therapy for Black Girls was founded by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, an Atlanta-based therapist who wanted to help get rid of the reluctance and stigma of finding mental health help within Black communities. This blog is written for Black women and girls and includes resources and information to get the mental health help they need now. It also provides a national list of therapists who work specifically with Black women.
  • Erika’s Lighthouse was founded Ginny and Tom Neuckranz after losing their teenage daughter, Erika, to depression. Her death made them see that there is a community of teenagers who suffer from depression, experience isolation, and silence. Their blog is dedicated to breaking down the stigma of depression and providing education to teens, parents, and teachers regarding teenage depression.
  • Heads Up Guys focuses on men who suffer from depression. Depression in men has been surrounded by strong stigma. Sayings such as “depression is a sign of weakness” can provide men with debilitating thoughts, preventing them from getting the help they need. This blog is determined to get rid of these types of myths and empower men with the resources they need to overcome depression. You will find posts from men of all walks of life, including professional athletes. These men share their experiences with depression and how they deal with it. As a reader, will also find resources that can help you take action and find the help you need.

Individuals who suffer from depression or any other mental illness knows how difficult it is to overcome. When they conquer that difficulty, it can be even harder to stay on track when life gets in the way. The staff at Gateway TMS want to help you or your loved one overcome depression. Contact us at (314) 909-8487 so we can get you on the road to recovery.