Signs and Syptoms of Depression

Depressed? Some Helpful Online Sites

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.

You are not alone, seek help for depression
You are not alone

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

https://www.facebook.com/beyondblue/

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.

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

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

  1.  Sign up to a secure and confidential membership
  2. Answer a series of questions online  to assess the level of need,
  3. Receive and discuss the reults of the assessment
  4. 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

https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

or
https://www.lifeline.org.au

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. 

 

https://www.therefuge-ahealingplace.com

https://thishttps://www.nami.orgwayup.org.au

Get help for depression
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http://mentalhealth.fitness

https://www.vantagepointnwa.com

https://www.valleybehavioral.com

https://www.mind.org.uk

https://health.clevelandclinic.org

https://depression.org.nz

https://www.psychguides.com

https://www.uclahealth.org

https://www.deltamedcenter.com

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net

 

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.

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Comments

    • Barry Bullard
    • January 11, 2019
    Reply

    my business partner was recently diagnosed with bipolar.  It’s too early to tell what aspect of stage 2 he is but i’m thinking rapid cycle.  He has some really rough down cycles but have been looking for some places to help him.

    This post is extremely perfect and so glad i found this.  This is a huge help and really appreciate it!  Lifeline is something i will be diving into more!

      • admin
      • January 11, 2019
      Reply

      Hi Barry and thank you for taking time to read my post.  There is a lot of help available for all kinds of mental illness. It is up to us to find the ones that work and engage with them..Bi polar is a very difficult one but help is available. I hope you can find the right one for your business partner. 

    • Dale
    • January 11, 2019
    Reply

    What a great site reviewing different options for depression.  Personally I do not suffer from it but my beautiful wife has been suffering from depression for about 6 years and let me tell you from a spouse point of view it can be very debilitating and can be very hard on a family.A couple things that are good is that with meds she does pretty good an she knows and admits that she suffers from depression.  I am going to show her this post and see what she gets out of it.Dale

      • admin
      • January 11, 2019
      Reply

      Thank you Dale for taking time to respond to this post. I am sorry to hear your wife is suffering from depression and for such a long time. It has been my experience with family members that they take the meds feel ok , then go off them and soon all the ugly symptoms of depression are back, even worse than before. The drugs are a band aid over a wound that does not want to heal.

      There are other ways to work through depression which are effective and getting great results.

      I hope you are able to help your wife work through her illness.

    • Marvin
    • January 11, 2019
    Reply

    Nice article highlighting the various resources available to people with depression. It really is the silent killer and even though in developed countries the quality of life is the best it has ever been, they still have very high rates of depression and suicide. I live in Australia and its good to see that the country has so many resources available, Thanks for this list

      • admin
      • January 11, 2019
      Reply

      Thank you for your response.. It is a huge problem especially among our young people. Australia is well equipped with resources but we still have a huge number of people suffering from depression. We would not wish this debilitating illness on anyone wherever they are so it is important to have the conversation and remove the stigmas.

    • Angie
    • January 11, 2019
    Reply

    I love that you have a site like this and this article offers so many great place to seek help. Depression is a very serious issue that can ruin people’s lives very quickly. I was in that spot at one point. It took me over a year before I actually realized what was going on, and the only reason I truly figured it out was by researching online about it. And then when I figured it out, it still took me about another year before I sought out help. I am on anti depressants now and have been for I’m not sure how many years, but they saved me, my life, my family. Keep up the great work!

      • admin
      • January 11, 2019
      Reply

      Thank you Angie for such an honest and open response. I have several people in my family who suffer depression and the sad thing is that they are not the only ones suffering. It is the whole family who suffer with them. That is why it is important to overpower this demon attacking peoples minds and causing them to be ill. Fortunately there is a lot of help available but first they need to admit they need it then take action. 

    • Kim Wolfe
    • January 11, 2019
    Reply

    Hi there. This is a really great resource. Thank you for sharing this. 

    I live in the US so I appreciate the sources for people outside of Australia. The numbers you used are staggering. Seems that the world has been so focused on body fitness health that we have forgotten about the importance of mental health.  

    I have bookmarked your site and will share with anyone who can benefit from it.

    Thanks again!

    Kim Wolfe

      • admin
      • January 11, 2019
      Reply

      Thank you for your comments Kim. You are right but mental illness is now being pulled out from under the carpet and into the open. It has been kept hidden by many because of the stigma that was attached to it. It is now getting the attention and financial resources it needs. 

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