Depression is more than just feeling sad or low during tough times. People with depression can have intense negative feelings for weeks, months or even years, sometimes for no good reason.
Depression is relatively common, affecting more than one million Australians each year.
Unfortunately, many people with depression don’t recognise it or get help. But, it is treatable and most people with depression go on to lead happy, productive lives with the right treatment for them.Coping with depression means having to deal with your own struggles and social stigma.
The following websites include an online guide, tips and articles related to coping, online depression communities, help and action plans for recovery. If you feel that you may need some help or someone you know needs help, click on one of the icons below.
We all have good days and bad days. Then there are those days when something isn’t quite right, you’ve got something on your mind, or things just seem too much. Whatever it may be, sharing the load with someone else can really help. So no matter who you are, or how you’re feeling, you can talk it through with us – we’ll point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.
You don’t have to deal with depression on your own. Find out where to seek more information on depression, including how to find a GP or other mental health professional, access support groups, and learn strategies to help you cope in everyday life. Finally, know where to seek help if you need it urgentlyConcerned that you or someone else is in immediate danger? Black Dog does not offer crisis support. If you or someone close to you is experiencing distress or is in immediate danger dial 000.
The MindSpot Clinic is a free telephone and online service for Australian adults troubled by symptoms of anxiety or depression.
We provide free Online Screening Assessments to help you learn about your symptoms, free Treatment Courses to help you to recover, or we can help you find local services that can help.
Sometimes in life we get stuck, become overwhelmed, feel confused about our choices and need an impartial opinion.
Individual counselling and psychology can be useful.
Everyone feels sad or down sometimes, especially during tough times. Feeling sad or upset is a normal reaction to difficult situations. But, if you have these feelings intensely for long periods of time and are having trouble with normal activities, you may be experiencing depression.
When you’re going through a tough situation, it helps to have someone in your corner who knows what to do. Find out what types of assistance are available and how to access the right one for you.
Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don’t need to be an expert – just a good friend and a great listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling – start a conversation.
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