Today is National Depression Screening Day. Check out our infographic to learn about the symptoms and risk factors for depression, and reach out for help if you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or in a loved one.
Congratulations to Greenbrook's summer intern, Olivia Lubarsky! Olivia, a gymnast at Towson University, started a mental health iniative for student athletes as a sophmore. Thanks to Olivia's work, Towson was selected as one of 15 universities for the We Are All a Little "Crazy" College Campus Tour. The #SameHere Sit Down College Campus Tour will bring the message of mental health awareness to 15 universities across the country.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, with National Suicide Prevention Week taking place from September 9th-15th. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and is preventable through increased mental health awareness and mental health treatment. How can you help?
Today is National Relaxation Day, and we’re happy to celebrate this day as a reminder that we should prioritize taking time for ourselves. Not just today, but every day, it is important to check in with ourselves, and to listen to what our bodies and minds need in order to decompress from daily stressors. Here are 15 relaxing activities for you to try out that all vary in time, so that anyone can incorporate at least one into each day regardless of how busy you are!
Whether reading a memoir of someone’s struggle with depression and their journey to wellness, or engaged in a workbook that teaches coping strategies, books can help in our own road to wellness. For National Book Lovers Day, we’d like to suggest a few good reads ...
July was first designated as Minority Mental Health Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the mental health disparities of minority populations, who are at greater risk of developing mental illness due in part to their increased risk factors. These risk factors include exposure to violence, homelessness, stigma, and other stress factors.
A recent Facebook post about how it feels to live with depression has resonated with thousands because it has articulated that which can be so difficult to describe: how it feels to live with depression. The Facebook post, written by an anonymous user, begins with:
"When you have depression it’s like it snows every day."
Can a depressed person be visually identified? Do people who suffer with depression manifest certain mannerisms, expressions or behaviors? Mainstream media has historically branded the face of depression as a person curled up in bed, sitting in a dark corner, crying themselves to sleep, or not having the energy to attend school or work. Depression does not always manifest in this overt classically characterized depiction. There are many people who struggle daily with depression, but their outward appearance and actions might not be so obvious.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended universal depression screening standards for children and teens from ages 10 to 21. Many teens don’t have access to their own mental health specialists such as psychologists or psychiatrists, so this new recommendation makes depression screenings more accessible through a primary care physician when teens and children go to the doctor for annual or sports physicals.