5 things to do (and not do) to support someone with depression

“It can be very difficult to explain this alternate reality to someone who does not have mental illness. Please try to understand that rational thinking will not work because logic literally doesn’t exist in the universe we currently inhabit.”

I found this list to be very good. A quick, accessible resource for anyone looking to support a loved one living with depression. Full list is HERE

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Survivors In Their Own Words #WhyIStayed

It’s the question every survivor of domestic violence is posed, often incredulously: Why didn’t you just leave? The reality is that leaving an abusive relationship is often a herculean task that endangers the woman and calls for resources that aren’t readily available.

Read six womyn’s personal stories at the link HERE, you can read the stories or listen to the survivors read the stories themselves, ever powerful

#WhyIStayed

Study On Reproductive Rights And Domestic Violence

The interviews cover topics from physical and mental health to employment and relationships. On Monday, findings from the study on intimate partner violence, pregnancy, parenthood and abortion were published by BMC Medicine, and those findings were striking.
Incidents of intimate partner violence by the man involved in the pregnancy went down among women who were able to have an abortion, but remained consistent for women who carried their pregnancies to term. The reason, according to Foster, was that “being unable to have the abortion tethered women to violent men, while women who have the abortion were more able to escape abusive relationships”

Read more about the study HERE

This Is What I Mean When I Say ‘White Feminism’

“Every single time women of colour talk about “white feminism” or “white feminists” within the context of discussions about the way that the mainstream feminist movement privileges whiteness, we deal with an onslaught of defensive white women insisting that they personally are not like that, and would you please say “some white women” and not make generalizations?

What those women fail to realize is that by making that request, they are exemplifying Mikki Kendall’s #solidarityisforwhitewomen battle cry; by once again insisting that a conversation created to facilitate discussion about the issues of WoC, be centered around the feelings of white women.”

Great piece, including visuals (!!!) HERE

Intent Vs Impact – Why Your Intentions Don’t Really Matter

“What we need to realize is that when it comes to people’s lives and identities, the impact of our actions can be profound and wide-reaching.

And that’s far more important than the question of our intent.”

I highly recommend y’all read the entire piece HERE

Resources On Depression

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!

Suicide Hotlines

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 another’s…

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

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