Check out the bulleted list in this reblog from the NAMI blog.
What can we do about this public health crisis that takes so many from us?
- Advocate. Fight for better treatments and for research into the underlying causes of psychiatric illnesses.
- Be proactive. Work to be sure that people get screened for this depression and that help happens earlier. National Depression Screening Day is October 9.
- Get medical. Get checked for medical causes of depression like thyroid disease.
- Take the long view. We can encourage people to stay with treatments as some do work even after others have failed. That is well established from the STAR*D study by NIMH.
- Integrate. Co-occurring disorders (like depression and substance use) often are poorly integrated into a persons care plan. This needs to change as substance use can be a failed self medication strategy to treat depression.
- Change the field. We can demand more cognitive behavioral therapy, which clearly helps with depression, but many mental health professionals aren’t trained to provide it.
- Open up. We can change the dialogue about depression—it is a condition that needs to be talked about. Isolation and silence are the dangerous traveling partners of depression.
- Come together. Our voice is more powerful together than alone.
- Love. Like Robin’s character in Good Will Hunting we can reach out and love those we know who are struggling and let them know we are here for them.