Welcome! I’m Dr. Melanie Watkins, a.k.a Dr. Mel. I am a psychiatrist in Northern California, I am also a mom, a wife, an author, speaker and a good friend. I absolutely love the work that I do and I want the same for you. This website could be just the resource you need. I had three audiences in mind when I set out to do this!
- People who want to learn more about mental health topics. Increasing discussion about mental health will help increase awareness. Know that help is available.
- People who want to learn more about becoming a mental health professional. My hope is that inspiring others to consider mental health careers, will help to solve the mental health care crisis we have in this country and initiate programs and reduce stigma globally.
- People with challenges who are have big goals and need support on their journey. For example, I was a teenage mother. I had my son at 17 years old. I overcame the odds, graduated from high school with my son, went to college, Stanford medical school and now I am a doctor, practicing medicine since 2003. I enjoy giving back and helping others know that they can achieve their dreams.
On my website, you can listen to podcasts, read my blog, download a free PDF, purchase my memoir Taking My Medicine and my newest book: Medicine for My Mind and get some general tips and pointers on how you can put your mental health first! Also, we can interact even more on twitter, facebook and periscope. I’m @MWatkinsMD.