Thank-you for coming to Mental Health Gateway. Here you will find information about improving your mental health, Particularly depression, tips for managing depression, screening tests, and resources for those wishing to improve their mental/emotional resilience as well as information and resources for caregivers and family members of people dealing with depression.
Mental Health Gateway is not intended to be a replacement for counseling, therapy or psychiatry. If you have severe symptoms contact your local mental health resource as quickly as possible. If you are suicidal or seriously considering doing harm to another, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to your local emergency room immediately. If someone you care about is out of control, or if they are threatening to harm themselves or someone else, contact your local police and ask for a mental health intervention promptly.
I have a number of close family members and friends afflicted with varying degrees of depression. In working with them to find coping methods, I have learned a great deal about depression. I have met, and been privileged to guide and support, people afflicted with many forms of mental illnesses including depression. Mental Health Gateway proposes to offer tools for navigating this confusing, and often frightening, process.
Understanding Mental Health
As a member of the mental health community for the last 35 years, I have watched too many people get confused and overwhelmed when they suspect they, a family member, or someone they care for, may have some form of mental illness such as depression. Perhaps a diagnosis has frightened or confused them. Sometimes they need a resource to find out how to cope , or perhaps, they just want to know how to increase their resistance to depression.
Mental Health Gateway talks about good mental health practices, what used to be called “mental hygiene”. These are simple things that can be done to improve resistance to emotional distress, and/or be better equipped to manage symptoms of significant depression. These practices are part of most peoples lives, but I do not assume everyone knows them.
You are not alone
Depression has become a major national issue here in the USA. The incidence of Major Depression, for example, has skyrocketed and suicide rates, particularly in middle-aged men, are at an alarming level.
If you ever have any questions, feel free to leave them below or contact me at email@example.com and I will be more than happy to give you what guidance I can.
All the best,