Resources for wellness
Depression can be a difficult illness to understand, particularly since no two people experience it in the same way. As part of the Depression Center’s mission to counteract stigma and prevent recurrences and progression, we provide clear, evidence-based information in a variety of formats to help people understand depression’s causes, its symptoms, and prevention and treatment options.
Our DepressionToolkit.org site provides the latest information on depression, bipolar illness, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse from leading experts in these fields. The Depression Toolkit stresses highly effective “self-management” techniques, offering a wealth of tools and other resources to help individuals with depression and related illnesses gain greater understanding about their condition, take charge of their wellness, and work toward improving their symptoms. It allows individuals to more actively participate in their own care and collaborate with their clinicians on their treatment plans. Visit the Depression Toolkit site to learn more: www.depressiontoolkit.org
Visitors to the Rachel Upjohn Building can browse the Friends Depression Education Resource Center’s lending library of print and video materials, including free brochures, pamphlets, and articles focusing on a wide variety of depressive disorders, as well as computer access to reliable mental health information websites. The Depression Center has also produced a range of brochures, factsheets, worksheets, and other tools that are available for downloading from our website.
We also offer a robust calendar of educational events on understanding depression that are open to the public. Visit our education and outreach pages to learn more.
Family Education workshops offer patients and their families a chance to learn about depression and bipolar disorder, to gather information about risk factors, treatments, family impact, and healthy ways of communicating with one another. These groups meet at the Rachel Upjohn Building and are facilitated by staff from the Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry. See the list of groups and their schedule.