Means Matters: Why conversations about reducing access is so important – with a very personal example

I came across this very insightful article on three methods of suicide prevention the other day. If this is an area of interest to you, I highly recommend you check it out. Anyway, one of the many things the article discussed was the importance of reducing access to deadly methods (or means) of suicide. The … Continue reading Means Matters: Why conversations about reducing access is so important – with a very personal example

Alternative Prescriptions and Mental Health

I came across this article in Medical News Today, which discusses how exercise can help with depression. None of that is a surprise, of course, and as I type this entry, I’m still gross from having come back from the gym, so yay! Here’s the interesting part of the study: Individuals who did “prescribed exercise” … Continue reading Alternative Prescriptions and Mental Health

Suicide Prevention Hotline appears set to get a three digit number

Some ridiculously good news out of the federal government (yes, really) when it comes to mental health: The Federal Communications Commission plans to move forward with establishing a three-digit number for the federally-backed hotline. Thursday’s announcement from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai signals the culmination of one of the final legislative priorities of former Senate President Pro … Continue reading Suicide Prevention Hotline appears set to get a three digit number

How to cope with losing the pet you love

“Hey, something’s up with Molly. She’s not right.” On Monday, April 8, we were getting ready in my house like any other day. I was going to Harrisburg, my wife was getting ready for school and the kids were eating breakfast. It was around 6:45am. Molly, our ten year old German Sheppard, was having trouble … Continue reading How to cope with losing the pet you love

American Teenagers: Depression is our biggest problem

This Pew study. Wow. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, a whopping 96% of teens view depression and anxiety as a major or minor problem among their peers, far outpacing literally every other societal problem, including bullying, alcohol, poverty, teen pregnancy and more. And the numbers aren’t even close. Per the … Continue reading American Teenagers: Depression is our biggest problem

Why the idea of a “pill for loneliness” has me nervous

I came across this article in The Guardian: Scientists are apparently working on a pill for loneliness. The article does a great job of noting a fundamental truth about humans: We are social creatures. When we are denied social interaction with others, we become depressed and lose our ability to function. As a result of … Continue reading Why the idea of a “pill for loneliness” has me nervous

A review of The Depression Cure and Therapeutic Lifestyle Change: Is beating depression REALLY that simple?

I recently finished The Depression Cure by Dr. Stephen Ilardi. It was…interesting. A unique blend of common sense, historical perspective and medical research, boiled into a six-step process which claims to be able to beat depression. My summary? A lot of merit in here, albiet maybe too simplistic. And I plan on incorporating some of … Continue reading A review of The Depression Cure and Therapeutic Lifestyle Change: Is beating depression REALLY that simple?

Highly recommended mental health reading

As the year comes to an end, I find myself staring at my Goodreads page. I had a pretty good year for reading! Looks like I read 28 books when I wanted to read 20 – I’ll take it! But, that’s not what I am writing about today, at least, not specifically. I wanted to … Continue reading Highly recommended mental health reading

Two major mental health trends, with one unifying theme

Two articles jumped out at me over this weekend. The first was this extremely long and in-depth look at a major suicide study done decades ago, which showed that even the occasional letter from a therapist can get someone through a crisis and significantly reduce suicide rates. The second touches on the topic you’ve all … Continue reading Two major mental health trends, with one unifying theme

Depression rates by state, and what one state is doing about it

USA Today has run a fascinating and eye opening article on the state by state depression rates throughout the country. First, here’s the basics (sorry, tried to get this as an infographic but having trouble getting the link to load):   The bluer the state, the higher the rate of depression. Leading the pack, sadly, … Continue reading Depression rates by state, and what one state is doing about it