Here is a weekly Friday round-up of five mental health related articles, blog posts, projects, videos or art that you should check out.
1. Does Some Birth Control Raise Depression Risk? That’s Complicated – Tara Haelle, NPR
This week, tons of news stories have been floating around regarding a new study that seemed to definitively link depression to birth control. This NPR article discusses the scientific nuances that many of those “birth control raises depression risk” articles overlooked.
2. I know what it’s like to be a black man living with depression – Kenneth Todd Nelson, Fusion
Kenneth Todd Nelson pens a beautiful article describing his experience with depression after the loss of his parents, with an emphasis on how being a black man shaped that experience.
“Changing the stigma starts with children: Tell your boys that it’s okay to cry, that there’s nothing wrong with asking for help, and that having depression or acknowledging a mental health challenge does not make you crazy. It makes you human.”
Anxy is a magazine that hopes to shed light on “our inner worlds – the ones we often refuse to share, the personal struggles, the fears that fool us into believing that the rest of the world is normal and we’re not.”
Featured in Refinery29, Neiman Lab and Bustled, the project is garnering attention for it’s deeply personal stories packaged in beautifully artful ways.
While the biannual magazine’s first issue isn’t scheduled to go live until next May, you can read some of the founders’ stories on Medium.
4. Tweet of the week – Wil Wheaton
On October 10, lots of celebrities took to twitter to share their stories about mental health in honor of World Mental Health Day.
Wil Wheaton’s series of tweets encouraged seeking out help and facilitated discussion about medication and therapy without the feeling of shame.
5. Falling Letters – Erik Rosenlund
This Swedish animated film by Erik Rosenlund beautifully illustrates what it’s like for a child with an attention disorder.