Each day during Depression Awareness Week, Dr Tim Anstiss, health and wellbeing improvement specialist at The Academy for Health Coaching, answered questions about depression, mental health and wellbeing from the Black Dog Tribe community.
Find out what Dr Tim had to say about how to regain confidence and positivity when living with the black dog, what the potential long-term effects of anti-depressants could be, and which activities he recommends for good mental wellbeing. The complete Q&A sessions can be found in Talk from Experts
As part of Depression Awareness Week, we asked Tribers to share their mental health experiences for the chance to meet Ruby Wax for tea at the Ritz in May during Mental Health Awareness Week.
We were so overwhelmed and humbled by the responses, so have decided to extend the competition one more week. You have until Friday 4th May 2012 to send in your story to us, and entries can be in any form you see fit: blog post, poem, photo, painting, video, Tweet, Facebook post. More information can be found here and the winners and some of the entries to date can be seen here.
Being creative is a positive outlet – and good therapy – for many of those who suffer from mental health problems. Since Black Dog Tribe launched, Tribers have been sharing their creativity with other members on the forum, whether it is in the form of writing, painting, or as an installation. Visit Be Creative for inspiration and to see what has been shared to date.
Over the past week, we have shared a series of great guest blogs from Tribers who have been writing about their personal experiences of depression. Find out why Holly thinks the hottest accessory this season is the LBD – that’s Little Black Dog, learn how Triber Kenickie uses music to keep the black dog at bay and why writing music is the nearest thing to a cure he’s found, and why depression is an evolving condition and much more here.
May is Mental Health Month, and Psychology Today has written a very interesting article about caregiving and how to deal with unexpected emotions, such as anger and guilt.
The Simpson’s actor Harry Shearer reveals the secrets of coping with his wife’s severe depression and discover which day of the week our Tribers think is the most depressive one.
In a series of videos, Ruby opens the front door of her home for a chat with a member of the public living with a mental health condition like anorexia, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, low self-esteem, anorexia etc. They look at the symptoms and give advice on what can be done and who to go see for help. Visit Ruby’s Room.
We have launched BlackDogTribeTV where we will be adding videos regularly. Check it out today to see Ruby congratulating the winners of the Tea at the Ritz competition so far, see Ruby dance to African music, and listen to Dr Tim Anstiss talk about the origins of depression.
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