It’s been really tough since my husband died. I just can’t cope any longer. I’m depressed every day. I don’t want to get out of bed or even get off the couch. I don’t care anymore. Things I loved to do just are not the same. This feeling of hopelessness stays with me like a dark cloud. I have no energy, I can’t sleep and feel worthless all the time. I have even thought of killing myself.
IN 2016, THE U.S. EXPERIENCED
Treatment for depression shows an improvement within four to six weeks of starting.
People with depression that do not actively seek nor receive treatment
Adults with a mental condition that received treatment
Children with a mental health conditions that received treatment
Returning veterans needing mental health treatment that receive it
If you’re experiencing depression, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and that your condition is treatable. Here’s a list of depression organizations, articles, and websites for more information and support.
Organizations That Educate and Offer Help
A Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.
National Alliance on Mental Illness 1–800-950-NAMI (1–800-950‑6264). NAMI is the largest grassroots organization devoted to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. Through various programs, it aims to change public perception about mental illness, help its members manage mental illness and build up family relationships.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America 1–240-485‑1001. The ADAA works to improve the quality of life of those affected by anxiety and depression related disorders. The programs of the nonprofit provides education, resources, and support for people to find treatment.
National Institute of Mental Health 1–866-615‑6464. The NIMH is the largest research organization in the world committed to understanding the treatment and prevention of mental disorders. It funds research “to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Mental Health 1–800-CDC-INFO (1–800-232‑4636). The mental health arm of the CDC is a good source of public health information on mental health.
American Psychological Association 1 -800–374-2721. The APA is a professional organization of psychologists. Its site explains how psychologists work with you to alleviate symptoms and offers information on how to manage health and well-being while coping with depression and anxiety.
American Psychiatric Association 1–703-907‑7300. The APA is a medical society whose members work to ensure that persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders, receive humane care and effective treatment. Educational material is available on their site, as well as help finding a psychiatrist.
Financial Help Managing the Cost of Therapy and Medication
Partnership for Prescription Assistance This organization will help you find therapy and prescription help free of charge.
NeedyMeds 1–800-503‑6897. NeedyMeds is a national nonprofit that provides information on healthcare programs, offers direct assistance, and facilitates programs. It is dedicated to helping people locate assistance programs so they can afford their medications and other healthcare costs.
Together Rx Access 1–800-444‑4106. With Together Rx Access, individuals and families without prescription drug coverage can get access to immediate savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic prescription products at their neighborhood pharmacies.
Social Security Administration You can find out if you qualify for benefits and what medication and therapy services are covered by Medicare here.
CareForYourMind This site offers advice on what to do if you can’t afford therapy. It provides information on care coordination, access to treatment, veterans, workplace issues, Medicare, and more.
Coping, Advocacy, and Support for People Suffering From Depression
Anxiety and Depression Association of America This site offers blogs by experts and patients, educational webinars and help finding a support group near you, or information on how to start one if none are available.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 1–800-273-TALK (1–800-273‑8255). This organization offers support and educational material for those who have or are contemplating suicide, or love someone who has.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 1–800-826‑3632.
<Erika’s Lighthouse 847–386-6481. This site builds awareness around teenage depression.
Families for Depression Awareness 1–781-890‑0220.
To Write Love on Her Arms 1 -800–273-TALK (1–800-273‑8255).
Find Facts and Statistics About Depression
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Depression in the U.S. Household Population 2009–2012.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Depression Among Women
Medications and Therapies Used to Treat Depression
Find Out More About Alternative Therapies for Depression
Read Patient Blogs Voicing the Real Experience of Coping With Depression
Lawyers With Depression Dan Lukasik is a lawyer from Buffalo, New York, who created Lawyers With Depression to help law students, judges, and lawyers who cope with depression.
Daisies and Bruises A website with links to other sites providing answers regarding depression in addition to inspirational quotations and tips.
Time to Change A blog where patients share their personal experiences with depression with the goal of increasing understanding of mental health and breaking stereotypes.
Postpartum Progress The world’s most widely read blog about maternal mental illness.
Depression Marathon A patient blog of a female runner and health professional who reveals her battle with severe and persistent depression, including how it changed her identity, personality, and life.
Finding Tests to Gauge if You’re Depressed
The Goldberg Depression Test Dr. Goldberg’s Depression Test is widely regarded as the first and foremost self-assessment tool for those suffering with depression and generations have found this to be an effective screening method useful in encouraging patients to connect with a qualified mental health professional.