Depression is more than just being sad from time to time. It is a potentially serious illness that can affect anyone.
It is important to understand that depression is treatable. People can recover with help from: talk therapy, lifestyle changes, learning new coping skills, and medication. Unfortunately, many people who are depressed do not get help because they feel ashamed and stigmatized. Involvement in community organizations or other meaningful and social activities can also help people feel less isolated, tackle stigma, and give them a sense of support with their illness.
How can you tell if someone is depressed beyond just common sadness or emotions?
Many people with depression are not aware of their illness. That's why it is important to know the symptoms. Someone may be depressed if they have any of the following for an extended period of time:
If you think someone may be depressed, one can start by talking to someone they feel comfortable with, such as their doctor or seek help from a mental health professional, certified peer specialist or counselor, or someone they trust.
One can also find help by calling, texting, or visiting us online. Free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If someone is in immediate danger of harming themself or someone else, call 911.