Help is available for depression. If you’re feeling stuck inside of yourself just going through the motions of life without joy, get the help you need to treat your condition. You are not alone; more than 16 million Americans suffer from depression. This condition is not a life sentence. You can be treated for it, and live a life of freedom, happiness, and pure joy. It all starts with reaching out for help.
Communities and the Internet offer many resources for depression. These resources help people reduce and eliminate their depressive symptoms. They make navigating treatment easier and more effective.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance has a directory of support groups across the country. Simply select your state or enter your zip code for a list of support groups near you.
Therapy can be highly effective in helping people suffering from depression. Finding a therapist in your local community is as easy as going to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s website. You can use their search engine to locate a therapist who specializes in treating depression in your local area.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a directory of behavioral health treatment services. Enter your address, state or zip code to find facilities in your community.
You can also call their national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). This number is completely free to call and confidential. It is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and English and Spanish speakers are available.
Many of these are provided to community members free and those that do require a fee often work with an individual in need to ensure they can still benefit from the services.
You do not need to leave your home to receive help for depression. You can do it in the privacy of your own home by calling a helpline. Helplines are free. They are answered by mental health professionals with experience helping people struggling with depression.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
This confidential lifeline provides 24/7 support to people who are in distress, their loved ones, and professionals who need guidance in helping someone who has thoughts of harming themselves or others.
Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS
Mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression can seek support from this helpline. It is also available 24/7 and run by mental health professionals who specialize in postpartum depression.
Those who are active duty or retired military can seek confidential depression support by calling this helpline. Most of the people who answer this helpline understand the struggles of being in the military - during and after - and can provide effective counseling during the hardest of times.
The Trevor Helpline: 1-800-850-8078
This helpline is devoted to those who have homosexuality questions or problems. This is a confidential helpline run by people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to provide the best support possible through the challenges many people face.
National Adolescent Suicide Helpline: 1-800-621-4000
Adolescents struggling with depression can turn to this helpline for immediate support. This helpline is open 24/7 and is confidential. They specialize in the most challenging adolescent situations.
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
This is strictly a text line. Those who are depressed can text HOME to 741741 with any questions, problems or concerns. A crisis counselor responds with support, knowledge, and encouragement.
This online support groups has thousands of active users who post about their struggles. It is free and secure. You need a username and password to gain access to the forum, so your privacy remains intact.
These support groups are in real-time. Each session has a date and time to meet online. Each group is peer-led, meaning the session is run by someone who is struggling with depression and/or anxiety.
This community is specifically for adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, self-harm, eating disorder, and more. It all takes place online and can be confidential as long as the user doesn’t use their own name, picture, etc. The forum is protected with a username and password for privacy.
This is a LGBTQ support site specializing in providing immediate online support one-to-one or in a group setting through a chat room. A signup process with login provides security and confidentiality. This is run by those part of the LGBTQ community, so they understand the struggles faced when coming out.
This website has many blogs with personal accounts from people who have been through this condition. Some of the posts will likely resonate with you and help you feel less alone in your feelings and thoughts.
Amy Marlow has battled depression since she was 13 and lost her father to suicide. This blog has some of the best posts on the topic. They are personal and raw with emotion.
This is Etta’s blog. She’s lived with depression for 16 years. The posts are real and show the ups and downs the condition brings people through. She is a runner, which she finds to be helpful to her.
Mothers with teenage daughters may identify with this blog of a mother who struggled with depression and hospitalizations because of it. She pours out her whole heart and soul into her blog.
#WhatYouDontSee: Search for this hashtag to find many posts what people do not see when they look at someone suffering from depression. For example, “WhatYouDontSee is the brain fog + memory loss that make it very difficult (and embarrassing at times) to hold a conversation or do your job.”
#depressionarmy: The website is above, but you can see many people following their campaign by searching for #depressionarmy.
#HereforYou: The #HereforYou campaign helps Instagram users find resources and support online and in their community with this hashtag.
@Selfloveclubb: Milly Smith says she is a body/self-lovin’ bad ass momma who is a mental health and chronic illness advocator. She posts about her daily struggles with depression, a past suicide attempt, and trying to live your best life with the condition. You can also search for #selfloveclub to see her posts and her followers’ posts.
@elyse.fox: Elyse is another Instagram favorite who founded Sad Girls Club. She released a documentary in 2017, and uses Instagram to spread awareness about mental illness through her personal accounts of living with it. You can also search for #SadGirlsClub.
@bethdrawsthings: Beth Evans is an amazing comic illustrator who often draws about mental illness. These posts will resonate with you on good days and bad days.
#spoonie: This hashtag has to do with the “But You Don’t Look Sick” spoon theory. It speaks to those who often don’t see the depression in others, but it’s there...deeply hidden.
@natasha_tracy: Natasha Tracy shares her experiences living with depression and bipolar disorder on Twitter. She also has a blog that she links to in her feed as well as a book about her life.
@BeyondBrokenDep: This person tweets throughout the day about his thoughts and feelings. You are not alone. Read his tweets.
Not all of these resources will help you with depression. Everyone needs something different to break through the haze and clear it away. Start with the community resources to see if any of them help you, and if not, turn to helplines and the Internet. With immediate assistance through depression hotlines and online support groups, you can get the help you no matter the time of day.
When you find your support community offline or online, you will start to feel much less alone and stronger as you navigate your way through treatment.
Do not allow yourself to believe your mind when you are depressed. You are worthy. You are loved. You are needed in this world. You will be able to see your worth again. Take the first step towards finding help to lift the dark cloud. You can do it. You will do it. Do it now.