Resources, resources, resources

As someone that’s got a couple of years in the trenches under their belt, I’ve to admit that I’ve done my fair share of Googling symptoms and ruminating over-familiar signs of various disorders. From taking self-tests to spending all night on Reddit, I can conclude one thing: there’s a lot of information out there.

The truth is, you just have to find it.


Over the years, I’ve come across many loved ones falling in and out with their mental health.

While most of them manage to pull themselves out of the trenches (the darker days, as we’ll think of it), some stay longer with me in the battle against intrusive thoughts and feelings of emptiness. And more often than not, my advice and help come in the form of links and articles and whatever I can find to help them get through the day.

Rather than telling you exactly what to do (aside from when the situation requires immediate action), it makes more sense to give you the resources you need and have you navigate the trenches yourself.

Of course, I’ll be here to hold your hand – an intangible being on the internet you count on as somewhat of a friend – but I’ll never be able to walk a mile in your shoes. I can’t tell you how to act or react; I haven’t spent a minute in your situation, with your experiences, prejudices, thoughts, and feelings. 

What I can do is direct you to qualified, credible sources that can help you. 


And behold, I present a variety of resources that may or may not play a part in your attempts at self-discovery or further enlightenment. Broken down into several categories, I’ve compiled a list of articles I’ve read over the years and would recommend to a loved one of mine if and when they were in need or interested in learning more about specific mental illnesses. 

The point is this: speak up, talk about it. We think we might not even find them half the time we need these resources because – would anyone else in the world feel the way I’m feeling right now?

The answer is most often: Yes. You’re not alone in your feelings and it’s not to diminish your feelings (they’re valid and so are you), but just know that there is help out there and it’s available to you now. 

While limited, I hope these resources are helpful and I hope you use these when you or a loved one needs help. 

Take care and stay safe out there.




Last updated: 16 June 2021

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General knowledge 

What is mental health? [1] [2]

Mental Health A-Z – Very Well Mind

Take a mental health test – Mental Health America

Why do we need to talk about mental health? [1]

The importance of accepting help – National Alliance on Mental Illness [2]

Talking to your parents about mental health [1] [2] [3]

Talking to your child about mental health [1] [2] [3]


Talking to your loved ones about your mental health 

A therapist’s guide to talking to friends and family about mental health – Talkspace

Disclosing to others – National Alliance on Mental Illness

How to talk to your friends about your mental health – Bustle

How can I open up to friends and family? – Mind UK


Talking to your loved ones about their mental health

What to say to someone with a mental health condition – Rogers Behavioural Health

Supporting someone with a mental health issue – Health Direct

Five helpful things to say to friends with a mental illness – Thrive Works

Supporting a friend or family member with a mental illness – Here to Help CA

How to support someone with a mental health problem – Mental Health UK

How to support a friend with mental health challenges – Child Mind Institute


What can I do about my mental health?

Ten things you can do for your mental health – University of Michigan

Ten essentials for your mental well-being – Health Hub SG

Building better mental health – Help Guide

Tips for good mental health – Here to Help CA

10 ways to reach out when you’re struggling with your mental health – Let’s Queer Things Up

Learning to accept help when living with a mental illness – Healthy Place


Mental health at the workplace

Workplace wellness: 5 ways to mind mental health at work – Top Resume

10 ways to improve mental health in the workplace – Lifespeak

Tips for employees – Heads Up AU

How to stay mentally healthy at work – Total Wellness

Work anxiety in the 'new normal' – Fingerprint for Success

101s on various illnesses


Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety overview – Very Well Mind

Generalised anxiety disorder overview – Very Well Mind

Obsessive-compulsive disorder overview – Very Well Mind

Panic disorder overview – Very Well Mind 

Social anxiety disorder overview – Very Well Mind


Anxiety triggers – Healthline

Causes of anxiety – WebMD

What causes anxiety? – Beyond Blue AU

Types of anxiety – Beyond Blue AU


Handling anxiety

Tips to manage stress and anxiety – Anxiety & Depression Association of America

11 ways to cope with anxiety – Healthline

Simple steps to cope with anxiety – Very Well Mind

How can I help myself? – Mind UK

How to reduce anxiety – Headspace


Mood Disorders

Overview – Johns Hopkins Medicine

Bipolar disorder overview – Very Well Mind

Depression overview – Very Well Mind



8 tips for living with depression – Very Well Mind

Tips to manage depression – Anxiety & Depression Association of America 

How to fight depression: 20 things to try – Healthline 

How to get out of bed when depression is keeping you down – Healthline

What to do if you feel you cannot get out of bed – Medical News Today


Support / Depression

7 ways to show support – Healthline

What to say when someone is depressed – Very Well Mind

6 things never to say to a person with depression – Psycom

What to say to someone with depression – Medical News Today


Support / Bipolar disorder

What to say, what not to say – Everyday Health

What to say to someone with bipolar and what not to say – BipolarUK

Helping someone through a manic episode – University of Michigan

12 ways to show up for your friend with bipolar disorder – Self 


Eating Disorders

Eating disorders overview – Very Well Mind

Anorexia overview – Very Well Mind

Binge eating overview – Very Well Mind 

Bulimia overview – Very Well Mind



Helping someone with an eating disorder – Help Guide 

How to help a loved one – National Eating Disorders

10 helpful things to someone with an eating disorder – Beat Eating Disorders UK

Eating disorder resources – AWARE SG




7 alternatives to self-harm – Healthline

Distraction techniques and alternative coping strategies – Cornell Research Program

10 alternatives to self-harm – Self 



5 helpful things to say to a friend who self-harms – Self

How can I support someone who has self-harmed? – Samaritans

How to help someone who self-harms – Mental Health FIRST AID 

What can friends and family do to help? – Mind UK

How to help a friend who is self-harming – Banner Health



Understanding why people cut themselves, hide it, and how to help – Helpline 

A new look at self-injury – American Psychological Association



Overview – Very Well Mind

List of suicide crisis lines

Helping someone in crisis – Samaritans of Singapore

What to do when a friend is suicidal – Very Well Mind

How to help when someone is suicidal – SANE Australia

Having a conversation with someone you’re worried about – Beyond Blue

How to help a suicidal friend – Healthline

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