Here’s week three of Mental Health Mondays, covering the topic of clinical depression. The symptoms, the reason I first suffered an episode of clinical depression and why I continue to. I give a very brief history of the circumstances leading to my first episode, in order to educate a little in how problems can build and multiply, leading to collapse.
I include some possibly triggery stuff herein: suicidal ideation/thoughts, bullying, physical and psychological abuse. So please watch with care if you are triggered by these subjects.
I will include under the embedded video here and in the description on YouTube a list of support lines and charities and sites with further information. Essentially I’m hoping to show that seeking help is the single most important thing you can do when you are under stress and cannot cope, whether or not you also have symptoms of depression. If you already have symptoms of depression then it is even more urgent to seek help or someone to talk to.
Do NOT suffer alone.
Childline – 0800 1111
Hotlines for teens/kids USA – http://hotlines.50webs.com/usa.html
Hotlines for adults USA/UK – http://psychcentral.com/lib/telephone-hotlines-and-help-lines/000173
Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90 (UK) OR 116 123 (ROI)
Samaritans USA – (800) 273-TALK
Worldwide help – Befrienders – this site has helplines for each country and a ‘need to talk’ page with other organisations in your country.
Depression information UK – here
Depression information/resources USA – here
WHO (World Health Organisation) – here
There are resources all over the web for anyone who might them in every country. Never hold back out of fear, just go and find out where you can get help and go and ask for it. There is no shame in needing to ask for help.