Depression is a medical condition with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can 'snap out of' by 'pulling yourself together'.
Sharing a problem with someone else or with a group can give you support and an insight into your own depression. Research shows that talking can help people recover from depression and cope better with stress.
If you are feeling suicidal, contact your doctor, or an organisation such as beyondblue, as soon as possible. They will help you.
Some warning signs that someone with depression may be considering suicide include:
- making final arrangements
- talking about death or suicide
- a sudden lifting of mood
If you are feeling suicidal, seek immediate help. Your doctor or acute care team can provide you with a range of options for treating and managing mental health issues. The emergency department at your local hospital will also be able to help you. Alternatively if you are in Australia, you can ring the following numbers for 24-hour help, support and advice:
Last reviewed: January 2018