Those who live with clinical depression know that it is not the same thing as feeling down about things. Headstrong recommends resources that not only help you learn about clinical depression but also provide you with ways to help yourself.


This Canadian self-help app uses brief animated videos to help you learn how to use cognitive behavioral therapy in the management of anxiety and depression. Included are 18 excellent video lessons, each of which are 5 minutes or less. The "Thought Journal" and "Progress Tracker" are two tools that allow you to start applying your skills, necessary for making progress.


Headspace is an innovative app and website that uses established meditation and mindfulness techniques as a self-help approach for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. It advertises itself to be “like a gym membership for the mind." The free 10-day trial (“Take 10”) is the recommended starting place. It allows you to learn the basics of meditation and become familiarized with what Headspace has to offer. A subscription is then required.


HeadsUpGuys, also supported by Movember, is a unique and important resource specifically directed towards men with depression. The website features information about depression specifically tailored to men, including symptoms experienced by men and myths about depression in men. The sections "Your Not Alone" and "Take Action" are impactful, illustrating the experiences and personal cost of depression and providing tools for making positive steps to recovery and wellness.

Teen Mental Health

Teen Mental Health (TMH) is recommended by Headstrong for its anxiety, depression, and suicide resources. Included are numerous resources specific to depression in young people. Resources are directed at helping individuals, families, educators, and care providers. TMH is led by Dr. Stan Kutcher, a Nova Scotia-based international leader in youth mental health. Take our tour to learn more.

Antidepressant Skills Workbook

The Antidepressant Skills Workbook is a downloadable booklet that emphasizes three steps towards addressing depression: reactivating your life, changing negative thinking, and solving problems as they arise. The approach is antidepressant skills rather than antidepressant pills. Strategies are presented in a simple step-by-step format.

The Mindful Way Through Depression

Author: J. Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn
ISBN: 9781593854492
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness uses Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy to help readers recognize and move away from habits that lead to emotional and mental despair, such as self-blame. The book includes a CD of guided meditations, narrated by one of the book’s authors to strengthen the book’s ability to help readers maintain a sense of well-being.

Mind Over Mood

Author: Dennis Greenberger (Author), Christine A. Padesky (Author), Aaron T. Beck (Foreword)
ISBN: 978-1462520428
Using Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), Mind Over Mood, Second Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think shows readers suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems how to improve their lives. The book helps readers learn new strategies, practice them, and set attainable goals.

The Mood Repair Toolkit

Author: David A. Clark
The Mood Repair Toolkit: Proven Strategies to Prevent the Blues from Turning into Depression is a workbook that provides 80 strategies that can be used to reduce sadness, promote positive feelings of contentment and joy, and decrease risk for depression. The book contains self-assessment quizzes, worksheets and information to create self-help strategies.

Living Like You Mean It

Author: Ronald J. Frederick
ISBN: 978-0470377031
Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want begins with a questionnaire-style list that will help the reader recognize whether they are afraid of their feelings, and if so, how. From there, the book guides the reader through a four-step program to overcoming their fear, drawing on personal stories and examples: (1) Become aware of and learn to recognize feelings, (2) Master techniques for taming the fear. (3) Let the feeling work its way all the way through to its resolution. (4) Open up and put those feelings into words and communicate them confidently.
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