If you're experiencing depression, or know someone who is, you do not need to go it alone. There is an immense amount of support available - from online resources to caring therapists and online support groups that understand your challenges. Below is a brief list of organizations and websites that can help you start your journey to a better tomorrow.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
No matter what problems you are dealing with, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline wants to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you'll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
Peer Support Lines
Peer Support Line
(from the Western Mass Recovery Learning Center)
Different from a crisis line that is answered by a clinician and focuses on whether or not you may qualify for hospitalization or respite, a peer support line is answered by a trained peer worker who has their own lived experience (with a psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, extreme or altered states, etc.) and who is there to talk and offer support.
Online Anxiety and Depression Support Group
(from the Anxiety & Depression Association of America -ADAA)
ADAA's anonymous peer-to-peer online anxiety and depression support group is a friendly, safe and supportive place for individuals and their families to share information and experiences. As a member you can connect with other people experiencing anxiety and depression and related disorders, contribute to ongoing conversations or start your own conversation with a question or a post about your journey.
Depression Information & Support
The American Psychological Association
The APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. Their mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America
ADAA's mission is to promote the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, and PTSD through education, practice, and research.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is a self-help organization for patients and their family members. The DBSA web site provides timely information on depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder and explains how doctors screen for these conditions. This website also provides information for the newly diagnosed as well as information about recovery steps and ways to help a loved one with depression or with bipolar disorder. DBSA offers tips and support
for helping someone with mood disorders.
National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders and is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This website offers a wealth of information on the latest research, statistics and understanding of mental health issues.
Other Support & Treatment Resources
Western Mass Recovery Learning Center
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) offers learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and the development of regional and national networks to support healing and growth for individuals, and the community as a whole. RLC believes that human relationships are often at the center of what heal people who have experienced extreme emotional distress, trauma, psychiatric diagnoses, addiction and a variety of other life challenges.
Sisters of Providence Behavioral Health Systems
The Sisters of Providence Health System is a faith-based, non-profit organization serving all patients regardless of background or ability to pay. They are known for a tradition of a high-touch, holistic approach to health care combined with state-of-the-art medical technology.
New England Geriatrics
New England Geriatrics is a program of West Central Family and Counseling, LTD, a fully licensed mental health clinic. New England Geriatrics dedicates itself to providing comprehensive and quality psychiatric services to residents and their families in long-term care facilities, rest homes and assisted living facilities throughout Massachusetts.
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