MenTAL HEALTH

IF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS AT RISK of suicide OR NEEDS IMMEDIATE HELP CALL 911

For the national suicide prevention hotline

call 1-800-273-8255

RESOURCES

There's No Shame In Taking Care Of Your Mental Health

"When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: "Being honest about how we feel doesn't make us weak -- it makes us human."

Sangu Delle | TEDLagos Ideas Search

9 Ways to Actively Take Care of Your Mental Health

"Taking care of your mental health can be difficult. The stresses and responsibilities of day-to-day life can get in the way of taking care of yourself. Here are nine ways that you can actively work on your mental health and take control of your overall wellness."

RtoR.org 

Gateway To Mental Health Services

The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health

"As research moves forward on these topics, scientists are gaining a more refined understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation on health. They are also looking into factors such as who is likely to be most seriously affected, and what kinds of interventions may reduce the associated risks."

By Jane E Brody

For The New York Times

BOOKS WORTH READING

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

"You may not feel that your presence is wanted. But just being by the side of someone who is depressed, and reminding her that she is special to you, is important to ensuring that she does not feel alone, said Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine."

By Heather Murphy

For The New York TImes

Three Lifestyle Changes That Can Help You Fight Depression

"The most recent data on depression in the United States shows that approximately 16.2 million adults (nearly seven percent of the adult population) experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year." 

Organic Newsroom

How To Start A Conversation About Suicide

"Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide -- but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he's on a mission to teach people how to start a conversation about it. In this deeply personal talk, Forbes shares his approach to helping a group of traditionally silent men in his community open up about their struggles. "We can all be life preservers," he says."

Jeremy Forbes | TED@Westpac