Below are five online resources that I highly recommend for obtaining information related to mental health. These are resources for information purposes only, and not meant to take the place of advice by a qualified professional. But if you are seeking to educate yourself more about certain aspects of mental health and personality, or are looking for some unique inspiration, these are sure to deliver:
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has some great information specific to anxiety and depression, as well as related disorders. The link above is a list of songs that inspire and soothe, for when you’re in a tough spot and could use some helpful tunes.
I am always recommending this specific page on The Enneagram Institute’s website for people new to the Enneagram, who might want to dip their toes into this unique personality construct. I utilize the Enneagram in the therapy context because it has a very distinctive ability to cultivate compassion for ourselves and others. Check it out, and I’m willing to bet it will leave you wanting to learn more!
In my experience, depression is one of the most misunderstood mental health diagnoses. So when I work with children and teens who are experiencing depression, I make every attempt to educate their parents and families on the nature of depression, how it is commonly misunderstood, and how to support someone struggling with it. SAMHSA has a wealth of resources on other mental health issues, as well as addiction, if you have time to explore the site.
I can’t heap enough praise on this article by Harvard Medical School. I am not a nutritionist or food expert, but I do know that what we eat can affect our mental health. “Your Brain On Food” explores the growing field of nutritional psychiatry, which I find absolutely fascinating, and hopefully you will too!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention give us some basic information on the definitions of mental illness and mental health, as well as statistics and types of disorders. This information can be extremely empowering if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a mental illness. The CDC also has a helpful quiz here to test your knowledge of mental health. How much do you know? There is always more to learn, and more ways to empower ourselves.