There is no shame in taking medication to help with a mental health condition. But what if you are feeling better and want to stop? How long should you continue to take medication and what could the potential side-effects be once you come off it? Join the discussion on the forum and discover what other Black Dog Tribers have to say.
Still in Cape Town doing her one-woman show ‘Lost It’, Ruby takes a stroll down memory lane and reminisces about her first trip to the city. On location filming a TV show with actor Richard E. Grant, Ruby and Richard came face to face with a great white shark. Visit Ruby’s blog to find out what happened next.
In a Black Dog Tribe exclusive, Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor opens up about how she battled with mental illness since a young age. After experiencing depression as a child, Sinéad was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder following the birth of her children. Watch the video to hear Sinéad talk about the side effects of coming off medication after eight years, on seeking help and why she "couldn't afford to be a poppy in a tsunami". Listen to why she believes spirituality is important and what she does today to cope with her post-traumatic stress disorder.
We have all heard about the benefits of going for a brisk stroll in the sunshine and how it can boost our mood. But taking time to go for a walk could also play an important role in treating depression, according to Scottish researchers.
Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company, talks about the importance of spirituality. She notes that spirituality "is like the ultimate perfect parent" that you carry within you at all times to guide and protect you.
We love photos and think they are great for spreading a bit of positivity and happiness – have you checked out our Pinterest boards yet? New on your profile this week is that you can add photos and create galleries to share with your Black Dog Tribe friends. Personalise your page even further by adding your own background image.
We are getting ready for Depression Awareness Week next week, 22nd to 28th April 2012. Throughout the week, we will be bringing you a series of guest blog posts from the Black Dog Tribe community, in which they will be sharing their personal experiences.
Don't forget the Comedy For Depression Event on Monday 23rd April 2012. This will be held at the Tutus club (just of The Strand in London) and really promises to be a night to remember. Go to www.comedyfordepression.com to buy tickets.
In the meantime, if you are hosting any events in your local community and want to see them added to the Black Dog Tribe Calendar, email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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