There are a lot of questions asked here on My Depression Connection and I find that many of these questions are requests for resources. In an effort to make things easier for ourselves I have compiled a list of the resources and links we most commonly give to people on this site to help address their needs. Hopefully this article will be a resource in itself of essential information for how to get information and support for depression and related conditions.
So let's begin
1. My Depression Connection: You didn't think I would mention depression resources without mentioning our site did you? In all seriousness, I do hope that anyone who has participated on our site will pass the word along that we have a great community here for both information and support. Sharing your experience with others does help.
2. Anxiety Connection: There are many people who suffer not only from depression but also from anxiety. I am one of these people. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder." I will be writing on Anxiety Connection starting this month and I hope you look for me there. So if you haven't checked out this site before please come on over.
3. Bipolar Connect: There are those of us, who, in addition to experiencing depressive episodes will also experience what is known as mania. This mood disorder used to be called manic depression but now is known as Bipolar Disorder. And many people who have this mood disorder do not get diagnosed with it until they have been suffering with it for years and sometimes decades. John McManamy leads this site and I can tell you that I have the utmost respect and admiration for John as he has transformed his suffering into helping others. I visit the site periodically and it is a wonderfully supportive community. If you have Bipolar Disorder or have a loved one with this mood disorder, please do visit Bipolar Connect.
4. NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness):
I probably give this link to more people on this site than any other aside from Health Central sites. If you want to find out about the latest legislation on mental illness, how to fight the stigma of mental illness or simply find a local support group in your area this is one of the best web sites to find information and support for mental illness whether you are a caregiver or suffer from mental illness yourself.
They also have an information hotline for you to call: The Information HelpLine is an information and referral service which can be reached by calling 1(800) 950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 am- 6 pm, Eastern time.
5. Mental Health America: This organization was formerly known as the National Mental Health Association. Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. David Shern, the President of this organization often writes for My Depression Connection to inform us of the latest legislative news on mental health or to discuss advocacy efforts. Mental Health America works in conjunction with other mental health organizations to promote greater awareness of mental illness through such campaigns as National Depression Screening Day. They also provide a comprehensive list of mental health resources which you can find here.
6. Hotline Numbers: There are times when you might need to talk to someone immediately because you are having thoughts about harming yourself or even of suicide. There are many people who suffer from depression who have felt this way. There is no shame in calling for help. I did and was grateful for the help I received. Here are two national hotlines for the states. If anyone has other numbers for England, Australia, Ireland and other countries please let me know so I can add the numbers to this post.
Here is also a list of other hotline numbers specific to the emergency or need.
National Suicide Hopeline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
7. How to Get Mental Health Services with No Insurance and No Money:
This is a link to an article I had written some months ago due to the overwhelming number of members who were seeking help for their depression but had no insurance or money. There are a lot of good resources within this article for either getting a therapist or for getting medication for depression. Please do read the comment section as members gave additional resources to check out there.
8. The National Institute of Mental Health (** NIMH): ** For the latest science, research, and information about mental health issues this is the place to search. One can also find the latest information on clinical trials. NIMH also offers a special page of resources for getting help.
You may reach NIMH by calling: 1-866-615-6464
- **The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine ** Have you ever wondered what supplements can help your mental health but you wanted a source which provided research? The information given on this government site can help. For example one can find research about St. John's Wort and how it works.To reach the center to ask any questions you can call: 1-888-644-6226
- Wings of Madness: I have saved the best for last. Not sure if you all know this or not but our Deborah Gray is the creator of a famous depression support group and web site. Wings of Madness is one of the oldest depression sites on the internet. Deborah created the site in 1995 and is still there today to provide information and support to those suffering from clinical depression and their loved ones. Deborah has worked tirelessly all these years to give hope to those who need it the most. You can find Deborah's latest writings right here on Health Central by going to her profile.
I hope this list is of value to those of you who are suffering from depression or are the loved one of someone who is depressed and find yourself in need of information, advocacy, and support. If you have any resources you would like to share please post these in the form of a comment. Remember no spam please! Thank you to all who participate on My Depression Connection and make this such a great community.