After the passing of Robin Williams today I felt it especially poignant to compile some kind of listing of resources for those suffering with, knowing something suffering with, or wanting to know more about what it is like to suffer with depression. Seeing the outpouring of love on my social media right now for Mr. Williams makes me wonder if that would have made a difference in his decision to end his life today.
If you are suffering you are NOT alone. Please check out some of the references below. I will continue to provide updates with new links as I find/receive them. Any that you would like to share in the comments would be truly appreciated!
5 Myths about Mental Illness
Jumpers – Words from survivors of suicide attempts on the Golden Gate Bridge
Mothering with Mental Illness – One mother shares her experiences parenting with mental illness
Connex Ontario Health Services Information (CANADA)
Canadian Mental Health Association
Partners For Mental Health – Helping end the stigma surrounding mental illness, great resource for shared personal experiences with mental illness
Stephen Fry’s Response to a Fan
My Mental Health – Great general resource
“But to have everyone express shock and wonder that you’ve got a mental illness only serves to increase your sense of alienation.” – One man’s experience
And this persons experience, complete with illustrations
Video – What Causes Depression?
Ted Talk on Mental Illness (Stigma, health, experience, etc)
Self harm prevention tumblr – http://www.tumblr.com/search/self%20harm%20prevention
Taking Care of Yourself While Supporting a Loved One
This woman’s experience as well
21 Comics That Capture the Frustrations of Depression
21 Things No One Tells You About Being Depressed
Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves – “Be there when they need you, and keep being there even when they stop being funny.” <—-THIS (cracked.com)
One of the most accurate descriptions of what it’s like to suffer with depression that I’ve ever heard – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUHcc7ipGt0