Resources

U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (open 24/7): 1-800-273-8255

Learn more about depression online

Depression Central: News, information and reading recommendations
National Alliance on Mental Illness: General information and treatments
National Institute of Mental Health: General information and treatment options (more technical)

Resources for people with depression

Find a therapist: Search tool for finding therapists
Find a support group: Search tool for finding support groups
SAMHSA services locator: Search tool for finding free and low cost mental health treatment
Online support group: Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance online support group

If You are Thinking about Suicide, Read This First: A message for people in a suicidal crisis
I Had a Black Dog (video): A story about overcoming depression
So You Don’t Want to Go to a Psychiatrist: One woman’s fears about seeing a therapist

Interactive websites

Mood Gym: Learn cognitive behavioral therapy skills for coping with depression
SuperBetter: Build emotional resilience with real life challenges and exercises
7 Cups of Tea: Talk to a trained volunteer listener anonymously

Depression apps

Virtual Hope Box: Collect songs, photos, videos, and coping skills to help you feel better
Mood Tools: Free smartphone apps to help you learn about, monitor, and manage depression symptoms
Suicide Safety Plan: Create a plan for managing a suicidal crisis
Depression Inventory: Track depression symptoms over time

Resources for friends & family of people with depression

Find a therapist: Search tool for finding therapists
Find a class or support group: In person education and support for friends and family
SAMHSA services locator: Search tool for finding free and low cost mental health treatment

I Had a Black Dog (video): A story about overcoming depression
Living with a Black Dog (video): A guide for loved ones of people with depression
Learn about empathy (video): A video about why and how to empathize

Helping a Depressed Person: How to reach out and help someone while caring for yourself
Handling a Call from a Suicidal Person: 10 guidelines for talking to someone in a suicidal crisis

Art about depression

Sylvie’s Swamp by Sylvie Reuter
Nest by Robot Hugs
Tether by Robot Hugs
Small Accomplishments by Rubyetc
Cries for Help author unknown
Dressing Up by Kristian Nygard
The Crushed Hand (includes cartoon injury and adult language) by b.patrick
Adventures in Depression (includes adult language) by Allie Brosh
Adventures in Depression Part II (includes adult language) by Allie Brosh