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  • McLean Hospital’s Everything You Need to Know About Depression: “The condition’s dark feelings can be intense and overwhelming-whether it’s situational, seasonal, or persistent. With the right care, it can be managed and treated successfully” (2023).
  • The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon, whose 1998 New Yorker article on depression garnered vast attention, confronts the challenge of defining the illness and the wide range of available drug treatments, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact depression has on various demographic populations.
  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) page about major depressive disorder symptoms, treatment and risk factors.

find support

  • Find a therapist: guidelines and a directory. If you are on a tight budget, Open Path Collective is a non-profit that allows therapists to provide affordable, in-office and online sessions with psychotherapy sessions between $40-$70 and $30 for student intern sessions.
  • We all need some support sometimes. Locate a nearby peer group by connecting with your local NAMI chapter: there are groups for family members, too.
  • Mental Health America’s directory of organizations all over the country offering peer and family support groups.
  • Patients Like Me offers a digital platform designed to empower patients as they navigate their mental health journey through peer support, personalized health insights, tailored digital health services and patient-friendly clinical education.
  • The 6 best online support groups for Depression according to Healthline.
  • If you are in need of support, but not in crisis, consider reaching out to a warmline. Warmlines offer a place to call when you just need to talk to someone. Speaking to someone on these calls is typically free, confidential, and run by people who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems.
  • The free and confidential resources care of the CDC can help you or a loved one connect with a skilled, trained mental health professional.
  • The New York State Office of Mental Health has tons of resources for consumers and families, providers and the general public including how to find a program, what to do in a crisis and how to promote wellness.
  • Mental health directory for issues pertaining to school-aged students in NYC public schools.

crisis

  • In 2022, a nationwide 988 suicide and crisis lifeline became an alternate option to 911. Call or text 988 or chat through 988lifeline.org.
  • Nothing is more terrifying than a mental health crisis. If you live in New York City, 888 NYC WELL is a free, confidential help line for residents. You can call 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The staff of trained mental health professionals help callers find mental health and substance abuse services.
  • The Buprenorphine Practitioner & Treatment Program Locator has information on locating practitioners and treatment programs authorized to treat opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers.
  • Veterans can reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Dial 988 then press 1, Text: 838255, veteranscrisisline.net

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