Category Archives: Helping Friends

Helping Friends With Empathy Over Sympathy

The Power of Empathy from Gobblynne on Vimeo. A few months back, Doctor B wrote about the challenge of helping friends who are depressed for Geek & Sundry. He highlighted the importance of connecting and trying to understand without trying to solve someone’s problems. That’s what Dr. BrenĂ© Brown talks about in this segment of […]

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GFD, Where Gamers With Mental Health Issues Support Each Other

When you’re coping with mental health issues, having the support of others can make all the difference — but that’s easier said than found. We don’t all have supportive people in our lives to open up to, and feeling alone can be genuinely dangerous. That’s where Gamers Fighting Depression (GFD) comes in. GFD is a […]

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Don’t Miss This Comic About the Strength We Gain From Each Other

https://downtongaby.tumblr.com/post/153492942199/my-dads-had-a-really-rough-time-dealing-with-his Illustrator Gabriela Epstein recently published this beautiful comic about family, depression, and the importance of helping each other. You can see more of her work on her Tumblr.

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This Popular Instagrammer Became a PSA for Alcohol-Use Disorders

📕 Reading 📕 #latergram A photo posted by Louise Delage (@louise.delage) on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:03am PDT Louise Delage is the perfect Instagrammer — she’s pretty, adventurous, and ridiculously photogenic. Since her profile opened in August of this year, she’s gathered thousands of followers. Her photos picked up tens of thousands of likes as […]

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These Friendship Postcards Make Awkward Moments a Little Easier

Ever have a moment when you want to say something nice to someone you care about, but you just… can’t? It’s too awkward, you don’t know how to broach the subject, the thought of getting on the phone terrifies you, or your anxiety kicks in before you can even begin? Jenn and Trin have come […]

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When It Comes to Mental Health, a Problem is a Problem is a Problem

In the past, we’ve talked about what you can do if someone you care about is dealing with a mental health issues — ways to be a good friend and support them in difficult moments. But let’s take a step back: what do you do when someone first opens up about their mental health? How […]

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Men Need to Be Able to Talk About Their Mental Health Issues. Here’s Why.

For World Suicide Prevention Day, the Movember Foundation is reminding men that it’s incredibly important to talk about mental health issues — before it’s too late. In this video, men read the notes they’d left prior to their own suicide attempts in years past. While these men were fortunate enough to have the chance to […]

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These 4 Words Will Make Your Tabletop RPG Welcoming for People with Mental Health Issues

“What do you need?” is a powerful question. It makes no assumptions about someone’s strengths or limitations. It commits you to nothing but opens to door to opportunities. It gives people with mental health issues the chance to participate comfortably in activities that might otherwise seem too intimidating. It’s easier to ask for reasonable accommodations […]

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How Do You Help a Friend Who’s Depressed?

It may be dangerous to go alone, but how do we help the people around us so they don’t have to get through their problems by themselves? That’s the question our clinical director Dr. B., Raffael Boccamazzo, answers this month at Geek & Sundry. Major depressive disorder is something well-meaning people often want to fix. […]

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