• Dr. David Terriff, MD

Ask For Help

Most people who are struggling with a mental health issue don't ask for help

Shame, stigma and misinformation about mental health are some of the biggest barriers to seeking help.


Mental health conditions such a depression, anxiety disorders and addictions are treatable conditions. There are many resources available to people who are struggling with mental health issues. It is important to reach out to family, friends and health professionals if you are struggling with a mental health issue. Treatment of mental health issues does not always involve medication. There are many other non medication treatments for some mental health conditions that are very effective.


Depression is a complex mental health disorder that is caused by a combination of genetic factors and adverse life events such as losing a job, divorce, isolation or abuse. Adverse life experiences in childhood also significantly increase the risk of depression.


This is an excellent video explaining clinical depression:


Our relationships with the people in our lives have the most impact on our mental well being. One of the most important predictors of happiness is the quality of our relationships. It is critical to invest in our relationships. Make time for your family and friends. Reach out to family that you haven't spoken to in a while. Choose to spend more face to face time with people instead of on your phone.


An excellent video by Johann Hari explaining the complex psycho social factors that contribute to depression and anxiety:


The Harvard Study of Adult Development is the longest running study on happiness. The overwhelming conclusion of the study is that the quality of our relationships is the biggest predictor of happiness:


If you are struggling with symptoms of a mental health disorder then make sure you ask for help. Mental health disorders are treatable just like other medical conditions. Make sure you check out the other resources under the RESOURCES tab at the top of the page.

We are together in this. Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronisingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. -- Nelson Mandela     Source: mandela.gov.za/