Top 10 blogs dealing with depression

Psychcentral have compiled a great list of blogs dealing with the topics of depression. I’ve listed them below. Those which are marked with a (T) maybe be triggering to you if you are in a fragile state.

1. Una Vita Bella

Amy has been the force behind the #mhsm Mental Health and Social Media hashtag and chat, and a great deal of mental health inspiration and organization. Her blog and Twitter feed about depression and chronic illness are absorbing and friendly. When you see the smile and spirit in her avatar it’s hard to know that she suffers so much pain, as do so many others she represents. In caring for Amy’s health, and all the mental health bloggers on this list, you care for your own too.

2. Dr. Deb: Psychological Perspectives

Dr. Deborah Serani is a practicing psychologist/psychoanalyst blogging about the treatment of trauma and depression. She’s a reliable source of psychological info, news and tips in a style that’s easy to read and share. Always helpful and trustworthy.

3. Storied Mind (T)

A beautiful and uniquely classic blog, still publishing frequently. We adored everything about this blog when we gave it an award years back, and still do today. Gorgeous images complement absorbing and stylish writing.

4. My Postpartum Voice

A new voice and a comforting one, Lauren is also known for organizing support chats for peers online (see her blog for info). She’s prolific, sensible, positive, and strong. Well-organized and efficient, I wonder what would happen if Lauren and Katherine combined powers?

5. Postpartum Progress

A sleek, professional blog on postpartum depression. Informative, straight up, and powerful. There’s no stopping Katharine. Advocacy, communications, she does great work. I’ve nearly tied her with a strong newcomer, but it’s not because she’s slipped at all, just the opposite, it’s testament to how strong the newcomer is.

6. Draw That Beast (T)

A writer with depression has created a virtual gallery space for depictions of depression by outsider artists. People with lived experience of depression are invited to visualize it and send their images to the blog for posting. The result is a diverse collection, but with much in common. An elegant blog featuring visual art from and for the world.

7. Mayo Clinic Depression Blog

Psychiatrist David Mrazek, M.D. blogs for one of the most prestigious consumer medical names on the market – Mayo Clinic (also branded on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube). Latest research news and perspectives and tips on depression. Popular and trusted, with the weight of peer-reviewed science behind it.

8. Depression Marathon (T)

Doing too well? Fantastic news. A long-time (2 yrs) blogger worries that as she’s written herself well, is there still purpose? And yes there is, as the archives and awards attest: just having a suicide hotline number on the blog even though Etta’s no longer personally suicidal, might save a life. But her story of marathon racing and determination in the murkiness of depression recovery are inspiring as well.

9. About.com Depression Blog

Nancy Schimelpfening has been About.com’s Guide to depression since 1998, providing research summaries, news, tips, holiday guides, and more. She’s been a consistently integral part of the online mental health community, and her stories are always concise and relevant.

10. Pick the Brain

A popular site for motivational quotes, self-help articles, and other non-scientific inspiration. It’s colorful and well-designed with plenty to look at, so if you feel a little bored, sad and listless (depressed in the popular sense of the word, but not clinically diagnosed) and want to graze around some articles to perk up, this is a good place to start.

2010 Depression Blog Honorable Mentions

Fighting the Darkness: My Secret Battle with Depression (T)

A talented personal blogger who’s been fighting depression since age 12. Jamie only manages to write intermittently now. “I can’t even put my feelings into words,” is a typical phrase when someone is suffering from severe depression. We wish her a fast recovery and hope she posts again soon.

Depression Getaway

Headaches from viewing the monitor ultimately kept this blogger from updating, but it was a great blog about depression and creativity and worth checking out the archives.


 

Coping in the Aftermath of the Donegal and Kerry Road Tragedies

when a friend dies

 


Below you will find a number of links to posts on the blog which you may find useful.  

HSE Support Helpline   

Coping in the Aftermath of the Inishowen Tragedy  

Helping a Young Person Cope   

When a Friend Dies  

Bereavement  

How to Cope With Overwhelming Emotions  

Support Organisations in Donegal  

Support Organisations Nationwide  

Young People Share The Things Which Make Them Feel Good

Some tips on Keeping your stress levels down  

Yvonne tells Us what helps her feel better  

Some more Great tips from Yvonne  

Gillian talks about coping with stress and what helps her get through tough times  

Laughter Yoga  

Poem by Mother Theresa recommended by a young person who reads it when they’re down.  

What would you like to fill your cup with?  

Story of Two Wolves  

Youtube Videos to Make You Smile

Nothing on You B.O.B and Bruno Mars   

Glee-tastic version of All the single Ladies  

Star Wars According to a 3 Year Old  

Classic clip from the newest Shrek– A Classic  

Feel Good Video  

Love the Way You Lie– Eminem and Rihanna LIVE

Supporting Young People Following A Death

When a tragedy occurs we are often unsure how to support the younger members of our community. How do we help them cope? How do we give them the support they need?

Young people react the same way adults do. They may feel overwhelmed by intense emotions and not understand how to cope with these feelings.

  • Help them talk about the event. Let them know that it’s normal to feel worried or upset. Try to listen carefully and understand what they say.
  • It might be wise to limit the amount of media coverage on the event. Too much repeated coverage could heighten anxiety.
  • Encourage them to talk with friends and other important people in their life.

Ways To Support Young People Through Trauma

  • This may be the first time they have felt such grief. Feelings of anger, sadness, confusion, and guilt if others have died are normal.
  • They may be afraid of their vulnerability and avoid talking.You may need to take the first step and bring up the subject.
  • If there has been a previous loss, it may bring up old pain. Take the time to reflect on what old emotions have re-emerged.
  • Encourage them to connect with friends instead of isolating themselves. Friends play an important role in supporting each other in times of need.
  • Encourage them to talk someone from the community that they can trust. This might be a teacher, counsellor, member of the clergy etc
  • Encourage them to express thoughts and feelings on paper. This can be helpful in releasing powerful emotions, disturbing thoughts, and feelings of grief.
  • Help them find comforting routines as a way to cope. Encourage them to listen to favourite music, go for a walk, play football, or watch a DVD.
  • Coping with a traumatic event takes time. Don’t assume they are ok or unaffected because they haven’t said anything.

Warning signs to look out for include:

  • Troubled sleep or frequent nightmares
  • Fear of going to school, going outside, or being left alone
  • Changes in behaviour (unusual quietness, unresponsiveness, or tiredness)
  • Angry outbursts, acting-out behaviour
  • Excessive crying
  • Headaches or stomach aches
  • Turning to alcohol or drugs to cope
  • Change in appetite (increased or decreased)
  • Loss of interest in life
  • Spending more time than usual alone

Remember your local GP is there if you need to talk.

Useful Support Services

For more information check out www.unwindyourmind.wordpress.com and www.spunout.ie for tips from young people on what helps them feel better during times of stress.

Visit Talk Buncrana or UnwindYourMind Facebook pages for links to support services

www.RD4U.org.uk –  Online bereavement support service for young people

www.unwindyourmind.wordpress.com Support info and tips on dealing with stress

When a friend dies

Taken from SpunOut.ie – Health & Life – When a friend dies

when a friend dies

 

  

Death is inevitable, unfortunately. It is one of the definite things in life. Nobody likes to hear this but it’s true.


Death hits all age groups:  it is easier to understand and accept death when an elderly person dies. We feel that they have lived their lives and their time has come. 

The death of a person of any age group is distressing. The death of a young person is terrible for everyone. 

When death takes one of our friends from us, it is very hard to comprehend and believe it. Long after the death we still expect to meet them on the street or anywhere. “WHY?” is the big question that we all want answered. 

We’re used to having our friends around, chatting, joking, messing…. but when one is missing there is a huge difference. Suddenly, one day they disappear from our lives and nothing can justify it. 

Feelings of grief, despair, depression, heart-break, anger and fear set in. “What will we do without him/her/them?” 

There appears to be only one healer for this problem and this is TIME. Time lets us get on with our lives but we still remember the highs, lows, good points, bad points and we’ll always have fond memories of our friends. We may never truly get over the death of a friend but time eases the pain. Continue reading

Coping in the aftermath of Donegal’s latest tragedy

I awoke this morning to hear the tragic news that eight more lives had been lost on the roads in Donegal.

Like everyone around the whole country I was horrified at the number of lives that were lost needlessly.

Unfortunately, up here in Donegal- losing young men to a car crash is the norm.

Today, the whole county was in mourning with everyone talking about the tragic accident everywhere you went.

My first response was obviously sadness, that then changed to ‘not again’ and ‘when will they ever learn’.

But today is not about discussing the whys and the hows- it’s about grieving for the needless loss of life.

This tragic event has not only touched the families and friends of those involved, but has impacted on those in emergency services, the people of Donegal, and the whole of Ireland.

The Health Service Executive has set up a 24-hour telephone information service for members of the community affected by the tragedy at: 087 2798412.

 
If this tragic accident has left you feeling vulnerable or in need of some support- please check out our Support Services Directory.

 ©Marie Duffy for Unwind Your Mind

200 minors admitted to adult psychiatric hospitals last year

By Eilish O’Regan

Tuesday June 22 2010

Some 200 children and adolescents under the age of 18 were admitted to adult psychiatric hospitals last year.

Twelve young people under the age of 16 were among those treated in adult units — despite longstanding promises to provide suitable beds in juvenile facilities.

The vast majority taken in by adult hospitals (94pc) were aged between 16 and 17, according to figures released by the Mental Health Commission.

Overall, there were 365 young people admitted to psychiatric units last year. Ten of these were admitted involuntarily and had to be detained against their will.

The ongoing problem of insufficient in-patient beds in child units comes on top of continuing delays for young people who need to see a psychiatrist.

In 2009, 562 children waited more than a year to see a psychiatrist. Another 623 were on a waiting list for between six and nine months, according to the Health Service Executive (HSE).

A further 516 children faced a delay of three to six months while around a third of those on a waiting list — 907 — were seen in less than three months.

The 50 child and adolescent mental health community services reported that a total of 2,608 young people were waiting to be seen by a psychiatrist at the end of December last.

This figure, however, represents a drop of 1,101 from the first complete survey of such waiting lists in March, 2007.

The HSE said the ultimate target was that 100pc of children referred would be seen “within three months”. The aim is to have 70pc seen in three months this year and 100pc over the next three to five years.

SIPTU national nursing official Louise O’Reilly, who represents psychiatric nurses, said the recent report of the Mental Health Commission made for highly uncomfortable reading which highlighted the inhumane conditions in some adult mental health hospitals.

Alternatives

The report, published last week, recommended the closure of three mental health hospitals, St Ita’s and St Brendan’s in Dublin, and St Senan’s in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

“These facilities fail to live up to what the patients and staff deserve but it is wrong to write them off without looking at the alternatives,” she said.

“The closure of these units to admissions from next February without adequate investment in community services will mean that the State is turning its back on this most vulnerable group yet again.”

– Eilish O’Regan

Irish Independent