I have been gifted with what I call the double whammy–depression and addiction. I believe my wound is depression and addiction was the bandage. We are each our own mental health ‘doctor”. We each have our own answers. And mental health ebbs and flows. So change is not only necessary but is also vital if we want to be truly human, truly alive.
I use RSS readers to scan many blogs daily. These are some of my current mental health writers:
Therese Borchard–“10 Ways to Fight Off the Winter Blues”
Bipolar1blog–“I am breakable. I am also resilient and strong.”
Depression Marathon–“Working and feeling well”
Infinite Sadness…or hope?–“Bloggers Unite for Peace”
Other special links-
Solitary Spiritual Retreat Centers United States–hermitages, cabins, and other places for spiritual reflection
Moderation Management Public Hub–a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes.
Group Beyond Blue–Facebook closed group about living with depression. Has 4800 members and is very active. Anyone can ask to be added.
Recovery Unplugged–mission is to provide hope and healing for individuals affected by addiction using the power of music
CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training) is an intervention to help concerned significant others to engage treatment-refusing substance abusers into treatment. This link is to Dr.Robert Meyers who originated CRAFT.
Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs–published by The Icarus Project and Freedom Center
Beyond Meds–comprehensive mental health resource center. Originated by Monica Cassani who writes of herself: “I have seen the system from both sides – as a social worker and as a person whose life was severely ruptured by psychiatric drugs. I write critically about the system, as well as about holistic pathways of healing without medication. Beyond Meds documents and shares many natural methods of self-care for finding and sustaining health in body, mind and spirit.
Surviving Antidepressants–peer support for tapering and withdrawal syndrome
Emotional Sobriety–My Facebook page I’ve done daily since 1/11/2011.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline–24/7 chat line plus other resources
Alliance of Hope for suicide loss survivors–a place of healing and remembrance
Dying, Surviving, or Aging With Grace--resources on illness, death and dying, loss, grief, and positive aging
Addiction the Next Step Resources–evidence based research and resources