I had a black dog, his name was depression

“I had a black dog, his name was depression” is a short, gentle, and honest animated video about the experience of depression and the need to get help.

In the video, a big black dog represents depression. The video shows how the dog affects the narrator’s life. It will take less than 5 minutes to watch this well-made story, brought to us by the World Health Organization. If you enjoy it, please share it so others can see it too.

Wellness Toolbox Helps You Build Your Mental Health

You can begin building your mental health now with the tools available in the Wellness Toolbox   from Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

The Toolbox has three sections. In the “Blueprints” section, you can set goals for recovery, check symptoms, and learn how to find and get help from a doctor. In the “Tool Belt” section, you learn about wellness, develop wellness strategies, track your health, manage symptoms and triggers, and address negative thinking. In the “Manual” section, you track your treatment and medications.

The tools are generally short and simple to use, some more helpful than others. Overall, this is a site you may find useful for information and guidance your building your own well-being.


VIDEO: Learn the top ten myths about mental illness

I am reblogging this from The Cynthia Breen Advocacy Foundation blog. The CBAF is a non-profit Minnesota foundation advocating for those affected by mental illness. The video is from the Douglas Institute in Canada. It is an excellent explanation of mental illness, its prevalence, and its impact on people and society. It is a great talk and well worth the 1-hour it takes to watch it.

Stop Mental Health Stigmas

Joseph Rochford, PhD, Director of Academic Affairs of the Research Centre, at the Douglas Institute, talks about the most recurrent preconceived ideas about mental illness in this 2009 Mini-Psych school lecture :

  • •Mental illness is a single, rare disorder
  • •the mentally ill are insane
  • •If you are diagnosed with a mental illness, kiss your chances of a brilliant career goodbye
  • •The mentally ill are more violent
  • •Mental illnesses are not true medical illnesses like heart disease and diabetes
  • •If mental illnesses are biological, then psychotherapy is useless
  • •If you have a gene that have been associated with a mental illness, you are condemned to experience it
  • •The mentally ill are weak or lazy
  • •People with a mental illness never get better

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Family Support in Mental Illness – Video

Supportive family and friends can help reduce a sense of stigma for someone with mental illness.This 5 minute video is part of NAMI‘s campaign to cut down the stigma around mental health. It is a first-person account that shows how one woman (Yashi Brown) experiences her family’s support during her difficult times. Her mother (Rebbie Jackson-Brown) and sister (Stacy) share their own views on being supportive. It is a good example of one family’s approach to support and reducing stigma.

Depression on Campus – YouTube

Depression on Campus – YouTube.

Here is a student who shares his experience with depression. You are not alone!

College Students Need More Mental Health Support

College students face one of the most difficult times in their lives when they go to school. Among the challenges is that many mental illnesses appear during late adolescence. An article by Sharon Weissburg called  Invisible Wounds: Mental Health and Stigma in the College Community recently appeared in the online magazine The Quad at Boston University.

Weissburg notes college is a time when young people may become affected by mental illness. She especially focuses on depression and suicide and discusses how these issues arise in young adulthood. Weissburg discusses the barriers to getting support in college, including dealing with the stigma of mental illness and the limitations of on-campus therapy and medical support. She finishes with some suggestions for facing mental and emotional challenges during college. A series of links provides more resources for learning about mental health.

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