For Addiction, Eating Disorders and Mental Health Issues
SouthJerseyRecovery.com is a free web resource providing information about addiction, eating disorders, and mental health issues.
Studies have found that when someone with a depressive disorder abuses alcohol, both disorders are impacted and often become more severe. In the same vein, major depressive disorder is the most common co-occurring mental health condition among those with alcohol use disorder.
To spread awareness to the public, the organization recently published a guide covering depression and addiction where we expand on the connection between depression and drug addiction, treatment options, FAQs and more. You can find it here: https://www.southjerseyrecovery.com/treatment-programs/dual-diagnosis/depression/
Suicide and drinking are linked, and it is important to be able to tell when someone who drinks may be at risk of killing themselves. You can find that information here:
For Children’s Mental Health
We’re previously recommended Nationwide Children’s Health’s programs for families dealing with childhood mental illness, including the On Our Sleeves campaign. The pandemic has worsened the situation, with one in 5 children experiencing mental health issues in a year.
If you would like to learn more addressing the policies and problems that are making it difficult to help children with mental illness, visit the Collaboratory for Kids & Community Health website.
The collaboratory focuses on four main areas:
- Improving neighborhoods.
- Addressing inequities.
- Creating population health strategies to address the national shortage of providers to care for children’s mental and behavioral health.
- Developing value-based care programs for those with limited financial resources.
For Seniors and Their Caregivers
Caring for seniors, no matter how much we love them, comes with a lot of challenges, including higher levels of psychological stress. This becomes worse when the senior has mental health issues. We will be covering this issue soon on Loving Someone With Mental Illness.
Meantime, caring.com has a caregiver’s guide that covers burnout and stress, including how to identify and manage each. We also discuss respite care options and share a list of helpful resources for caregivers.
You can see them here:
If you know of other helpful resources, feel welcome to let me know. Thanks!