Where to Find Help When You Need It
Most countries around the world provide resources for their people to access and get help when it is needed. You can help people you know with depression by going online.
I would encourage anyone suffering from depression to seek help from any one of the sites listed on this page. This list pertains mostly to Australia but similar help is available in many other countries because depression is a worldwide problem affecting 350 million people.
There are loads of helpful sites available and you are not alone.
Some Helpful Resources
A very well known site in Australia is Beyond Blue : https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
Beyond Blue provides a place for any one suffering anxiety or depression to go to to seek help. They
provide information and support to help everyone living in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, no matter what their age or where they live. They also have a Facebook page which can be accessed here
During last year alone more than 150000 people contacted Beyond Blue for help with issues they were facing.
The website provides an extensive resource of material and information and directs people to the right ones for them. It is full of valuable information which will help anyone wanting to know more about the issues they are facing and identifying their type of anxiety or depression .They offer services for treatment options and also follow up for those requiring help. People in Australia are very aware of the role Beyond Blue plays as it is regularly promoted on the local media outlets.
There is so much valuable information on the site that anybody from anywhere in the world would benefit from the information provided if they are suffering depression.
Another resource we are all very aware of is Lifeline
Lifeline is a charity organisation in Australia which works as a crisis call center for people experiencing suicidal thoughts to ring and chat with a trained counsellor. They work with people at risk offering a 24 hour service to direct them to appropriate help and support. Most people connect with Lifeline through a well advertised telephone number.
Lifeline also conduct online forums for people to be able to gain an understanding of many issues which affect a big part of the population at some time. See the topics covered in the screenshot below.
Lifeline are committed to empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope.
Their vision is for Australia to be free of suicide. On tthe site you can rread the real accounts of people who have shared their personal stories.
Another good site for Aussies is Mindspot. This can be found at https://mindspot.org.au
Mindspot specializes in online assessment and treatment for both anxiety and depression.
It enables people to do a confidential onlie assessment of their symptoms of either anxiety or depression then provides them with further recommendations and resources to help them with their particular need.
The Assessment will take the enquirer through 4 steps
- Sign up to a secure and confidential membership
- Answer a series of questions online to assess the level of need,
- Receive and discuss the reults of the assessment
- Start a Mindspot treatment course designed for them.
Here is a very brief video about the course
Below is an outline of what you will learn through the course.
There are many other sites available but it is my opinion that these three are among the best available to Australians.
The world is bigger than Australia and an alarming number of people are seeking support for depression. There are many, many more across the entire globe. So now I am going to make a short list of some of the resources I have found online to give to those from beyond Australian shores so that you can help people depression online.
The First one of these is Mood Gym https://moodgym.com.au
Mood Gym is an online service available to anyone from anywhere. It is still an Australian domain but because its services are lrgely online it is accessible to anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of what is going on with their mind.
Here is a snapshot of what Mood Gym offers
When you first sign up to Mood Gym you will do a depression quiz to determine the level of your illness. Then you will work through a series of tasks to assist you to see for yourself how you can change your situation. This course requires a commitment in time to complete all the tasks and it will help make changes to how a person deals with stressful situations.
This course is not so much for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts but for those who know they are not dealing with life situations well and want to make positive changes.
For thoughts of Suicide See
Other sites from the web:
This is not an exhaustive list. You can find many more by searching online. The important thing is to take action. Do not try to suffer in silence but get the help you need.
I hope if you are struggling with depression or anxiety related illness that you will find some helpful information on this page. If you know someone else who needs help please share the site with them too. It might be just what they need to get their life back.
Remember you are not your illness and each day you can rise again. Be gentle with yourself and reach out for the help you need. A great deal of help for depression is available online.
Take advantage and check out the sites listed here. Let me know if you find others that are equally as helpful.
Let me finish with this short video and very honest video to encourage you.