Depression is a real illness 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.
You may not feel comfortable discussing your mental health and sharing your distress with others. If so, writing about how you feel or expressing your emotions through poetry or art are other ways to help your mood.
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:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
Sources: NHS Choices, UK (Depression (clinical), Living with clinical depression)
Last reviewed: September 2015