When you are feeling down, it is important to know you have somewhere to turn — a therapist, a friend, a doctor, a 12-step program, someone or somewhere to help. It is even more important when you have depression and need to seek out support and treatment options. Here is a list of resources available to help you through those difficult times in your life.
Are you worried about depression in yourself or a loved one? Do you know what to watch for? Having access to reliable information can make a world of difference. Learn more about depression from major organizations to see if you are at risk and if you ought to seek help.
Hint: If you feel the need to do the research, this could be a sign you will benefit from an evaluation with a healthcare professional.
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Psychological Association
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Families for Depression Awareness
- Freedom from Fear
- Mental Health America
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Medical professionals are trained in mental health issues and have tools available to help you feeling more like yourself. Whether this is prescription medication or talk therapy, your life could be improved for the better. First, you need a diagnosis and assessment. You can search for a local healthcare provider through your insurance company’s website or customer service line, or you may want to ask friends or a pastor for recommendations of doctors or therapists who’ve helped them.
You do not necessarily need health insurance to get mental health care, though in many cases it could improve your access to services. Some facilities may offer services on a sliding scale or at a discounted rate if you do not have insurance. Community health centers may also provide care for less or even for free. Do not let finances stop you from getting the help you need. Your life could depend on it.
Millions of people suffer through depression every year. Sometimes it can be helpful to know you are not the only one going through it. There are support groups you can join to confide in others having experiences similar to yours. Hotlines are also readily available if you ever need help in an emergency.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America Support Groups
- DBSA Chapter Support Groups
- Mental Health America Support Groups
- Postpartum Support International
- Yellow Ribbon
Sometimes you cannot wait for help. These 24/7 access hot lines can get you care NOW.
- Crisis Call Center: 1-800-273-8255
- National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
- National Domestic Violence Hot Line: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) / 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Sometimes you need a little help from your friends. It can be to tough to feel you are going through things alone. Let people you trust know about your situation and they can be there to support you through your recovery.
- Guidance counselors
- Family members
- Your pastor or religious leader
TapGenes Take Away: Do you know where to turn when you or a loved one suffers from depression? This extensive list of resources will get you the help you need.
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