You Don’t Have To Be An Expert To Help Someone

 

From NYC Health:

  • Depression is more than “just feeling sad.”
  • Depression is not a choice or a sign of weakness or laziness. No one should feel ashamed about having it.
  • Everyone feels sad, irritable or down sometimes. Depression is different. It is long-lasting, hurts people’s ability to feel joy and makes coping with daily life exhausting.

There Are Common Signs of Depression

People with depression may not look or act like they are sick or in pain, but their symptoms are just as real as any other health problem. [MORE]

A person may have depression if over the last two weeks they have consistently:
  • Felt sad or hopeless
  • Lost interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Slept or ate too much or not enough
  • Had trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Had physical problems that won’t go away
  • Had thoughts about death or suicide

Help is available, you are not alone. 

You have options:

    • NYC Well website

    • Text “well” to 65173

    • Call 1.888.NYC.Well

    • Text the Crisis Textline: text “hello” to 741741

    • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1.800.273.Talk

Get a better understanding of mental illness by taking a Mental Health First Aid class. More info [HERE]. 

 

 


*Source: Belkin G, Linos N, Perlman SE, Norman C, Bassett MT. A roadmap for better mental health in New York City. Lancet 2016; 387:207-208.