You are not alone

Depression is a common condition and help is available.

You Are Not Alone

Depression is a very real and serious disease. Over 1 million Australians live with depression each year, and one in every five Australians will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.

Depression and anxiety usually go together. About 85% of people with depression also have anxiety. These conditions cause considerable distress and disability.

Effective treatments are available, but sadly only about 40% of people with depression seek treatment.

About Depression

This insightful 4-minute video from the World Health Organisation explains what it is like to live with depression:

Are You Depressed?

Beyond Blue and the Black Dog Institute are two Australian organisations that are working to help manage depression in Australia. Both of these organisations have quick online tests which you can take to see whether you are likely to be suffering from depression and/or anxiety. It only takes a minute or so and the tests are anonymous. Please access the tests via the following links:

Getting Help

If you are feeling depressed, help is available:

  • Talk to a doctor ( see Beaudesert Health Professionals);
  • Get help from a support organisation – a list is below;
  • Consider speaking to a friend or family member about how you are feeling;
  • In an emergency, dial 000.

Support Organisations

Here are some of the organisations that are able to help you if you are experiencing depression. Click on each name for more details.

Beyond Blue is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia. Their website contains a wealth of information about depression. For support, call Beyond Blue 24/7 to speak to a trained mental health professional or visit www.beyondblue.org.au to chat with them online (4pm-10pm AEST only). They also provide a 24-hour email response service.

Phone: 1300-22-XXXX (Click to reveal)
Website: www.beyondblue.org.au

Support if you, or someone you know, is feeling suicidal.
Phone counselling is available 24/7. Online web chat is also available – please visit their website for more details and access to this service.
Phone: 1300-659-XXX (Click to reveal)
Web: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Their website contains concise information about depression, bipolar disorder, and how to get help.

Website: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

headSpace is funded by the Australian Government and they help 12-25 year olds who are going through a rough time. headSpace operate 55 centres throughout Australia where young people can go to get health advice, support and information. The nearest centres to Beaudesert are Ipswich and Inala. Please check the website for your closest centre (links below) to get more information about their services and to view their contact details.

Inala: www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/headspace-inala
Ipswich: www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/headspace-ipswich

Lifeline provide support and advice in a personal crisis. Phone counselling is available 24/7. Online web chat is also available 7 days a week from 8pm to 4am AEST.

Phone: 131-XXX (Click to reveal)
Web: www.lifeline.org.au

With the motto: We care and we listen, any time for any reason, Kids Helpline is a 24 hour, free and confidential telephone and email counselling service for 5 to 18 year olds in Australia. The site also provides information for young people and parents. Email and web text chat counselling is also available.

Phone: 1800-55-XXXX (Click to reveal)
Web: www.kidshelp.com.au

Treatments

Effective treatments are available for depression and include:

  • Physical interventions: the most common physical intervention is medication (especially anti-depressants). In severe cases, electroconvulsive therapy may also be helpful.
  • Psychological interventions: these usually involve treatment by a psychologist or psychiatrist. Treatments used by these professionals include cognitive and behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, counselling and other strategies.

Not all depression is the same. There are different types of depression and the treatment that is appropriate for you will depend on what kind of depression you have. Some depression is caused by biological factors, and in this case physical interventions may be the most helpful. Other depression is caused primarily by psychological factors, and in this case the depression may respond well to psychological therapy. Psychological therapy is usually provided by a psychologist or psychiatrist and may involve counselling and advice on a range of behavioural and cognitive strategies to improve your depression. Some depression responds best to a mixture of both physical and psychological intervention. Speak to your doctor about what might work best for you.

It is important to pay attention to lifestyle factors too, because a healthy diet and regular exercise can both help to improve your depression.

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