Depression affects 6.7 percent of American adults — and yet it can be hard for people who have depression to find the resources they need. Whether it’s a safe space to anonymously share your feelings or useful self-care methods or the latest in mental health research, you can turn to these blogs and know that you aren’t alone.
One in 4 of us will fight a mental health problem in any given year. That’s why Time to Change, a social movement with a focus on shifting attitudes around mental health, believes it’s so important to talk about it. Time to Change publishes candid perspectives on depression written by people who live with it. Readers can find themselves in stories about feeling written off or misunderstood, battling mental health stigma in the workplace, or not getting the right kind of help from well-intentioned loved ones.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country, and they’re dedicated to breaking down stigma about mental health and making life better for everyone who has a mental illness. In addition to their public awareness events like Mental Illness Awareness Week, they run a blog that goes into depth about everything from mental health and social media to maintaining healthy friendships with mental illness to growing up without mental health support.
What do you do when both you and your child have depression? How do you deal with a crisis when you’re living with depression? The detailed articles on Healthy Place cover these and many other questions. Healthy Place provides comprehensive information on mental health issues, medications, treatments, news and developments, and more for people with mental health concerns and their loved ones. There’s also an entire section filled with free psychological tests you can take to determine if you have depression, bipolar, anxiety, and more.
Bill White founded Chipur because he’s not only a mental health professional — he also lives with mood and anxiety disorders. White believes his combined perspective can help give readers a balanced view of how they can manage their own mental health issues — or help support someone else dealing with one. Chipur helps readers make informed decisions about treatment and medication, and tackles issues like when to tell your kids about your mental health issues.
When Douglas Cootey started A Splintered Mind, he wanted to tackle both ADHD and depression to overcome the stigma that’s often attached to both. He does that through writing about his experiences, including how useful photo to-do lists can be, and how to tackle multiple projects at once. A Splintered Mind is a unique resource for people living with depression, ADHD, or both, and the loved ones trying to support them.
The founder of Everything Matters: Beyond Meds, Monica Cassani, is a mental health professional and former patient, so she understands the intersections and how the experience feels from both perspectives. She weaves that understanding into her writing on natural methods of self-care, including meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and emotional healing.
Started in 1995, Wing of Madness is one of the longest-running depression blogs with a goal of helping people seek treatment. Deborah, the creator, writes about topics like the best things to say to someone who has depression, how to help when your child is depressed, and what to do while you’re waiting for your antidepressants to work. Wing of Madness also provides information on mental health news, including the latest treatment options.
Blurt introduces the blog to readers this way: “Think of us as the knowing nod. You’ve seen it — a slight bob of the head, often accompanied by a smile. A little movement that says, ‘I understand’, ‘I’m listening’ and ‘I’m here for you.’” They’re a social enterprise with a mission to help people with depression by talking about it. The blog covers how to start talking openly about your mental health, post-panic attack self-care, supporting a loved one with anxiety, and how physical pain impacts mental health. Blurt is serious about their work, which they feel “not only changes lives, but saves them.”
Miriam Slozberg, an author, wants to raise awareness and break down the stigma surrounding mental health. She writes about her experiences with depression — from winter activities that can help to the importance of caring for your own needs to mental health chatbots — from her perspective based on spirituality and as a parent. This is a good resource for parents with mental illnesses or parents of children dealing with mental health concerns.
Lisa Lambert started Parent/Professional Advocacy League, a statewide grassroots nonprofit based in Boston, in 1991 because of her own experience as a parent of a child with mental health issues. The blog features her writing and personal stories from others on topics like recovering from trauma as a family and the importance of parent support. PPAL is an excellent resource for parents, guardians, caregivers, and loved ones of children and teenagers with mental health issues. It can also be a useful resource for teachers and others whose job is primarily working with children or teens.
Many people know TalkSpace as a source for online therapy. They work to make it more accessible and affordable for people to get mental health treatment, and they also have a blog with resources on specific issues. Their posts on depression cover everything from applying to jobs while you’re depressed to how a breast cancer diagnosis might affect your mental health to parenting with depression. The TalkSpace blog is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about mental health, whether they have a diagnosis or not, including those who are supporting someone else with mental health issues. It can also be helpful for medical providers, caregivers, and other support workers.
Mind is a charity organization in England and Wales that supports people with mental health concerns and campaigns to provide services, raise awareness, and promote understanding. The Mind blog features stories by people living with mental health issues. Topics have included Seasonal Affective Disorder, helping others to manage depression, and mental health and running. The Mind blog is primarily a resource for individuals living with mental health issues, but can be useful for loved ones and others closely involved in the lives of those who have mental illnesses.
The mental health experts behind The Mental Elf are dedicated to making sure readers can learn everything they need to about up-to-date, reliable mental health research. The website covers a variety of mental health topics like psychosis, mental health research funding, and depression in teenagers with an evidence-based approach that’s relevant to mental health practice in the U.K. and beyond. The Mental Elf is primarily a resource for mental health professionals and medical providers, but can be useful to people who have mental health concerns as well.
Mental health and quality of life — that’s what MQ stands for. Their vision is to transform mental health treatment through research, and to create a world where mental health is understood and effectively treated. The MQ blog covers mental health in schools, how doctors can best treat mental health concerns, and new mental health research. It’s an excellent resource for researchers, mental health professionals, and medical providers, as well as anyone who works in advocacy/grassroots in mental health.
What can we learn from each other? That’s the question that led John Folk-Williams to start his blog, Storied Mind. He lives with depression and wanted to share his experiences to help others manage their own mental health. On the blog, John talks about topics like what depression recovery looks like, psychotherapy, and setting boundaries.
Lawyers With Depression was created by Dan Lukasik as a sort of online support group to talk about the prevalence of stress, depression, and anxiety in the legal profession — and how to manage and destigmatize it. The blog offers resources on everything from starting a support group in your bar community to recovery plans to the decision to take medication. It’s designed to be a helpful resource for anyone currently in the legal profession (lawyers, paralegals, law professors, judges, etc.) or considering a career in law.
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Alaina Leary is an editor, social media manager, and writer from Boston, Massachusetts. She's currently the assistant editor of Equally Wed Magazine and a social media editor for the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books.