Experiencing a mental health crisis?
Please call the Southwest Washington Crisis Line (open 24/7/365) at 1.800.626.8137. The Crisis Line can help when you or a loved one is
This article has tips and tools for helping yourself or a friend with depression such as learning what teen depression is, how to cope with suicidal thoughts, why teens can be depressed, tips for overcoming teen depression, the link between worry and teen depression, and tips for helping a depressed friend.
Learn what depression is, its symptoms, whether or not you're depressed, depression and suicide risk, how depression symptoms vary with gender and age, types of depression, depression causes and risk factors, what you can do to feel better, and when to seek professional help.
This article describes the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression. It also explains the signs, symptoms and dangers of postpartum depression in new mothers. It also touches briefly on postpartum psychosis.
This article provides information on what Seasonal Affective Disorder is and its effects. It describes signs and symptoms as well as the dangers involved with this disorder. If someone knows they have Seasonal Affective Disorder, the article also provides self-help tips and information about therapy and medicine.
An in-depth article about teen depression and how to recognize it. It describes the difference between depression and sadness, the signs and symptoms of depression, and ways to combat its effects.
Coping with, and treating, depression
Learn what you need to know about depression medication including what antidepressants are, their effectiveness, possible side effects, whether depression medication is right for you, guidelines for taking antidepressants, and more.
A deep analysis of things a person can do to cope with depression from staying connected with loved ones and professionals to challenging any negative thoughts that get in the way of positivity.
Supporting someone with depression
Learn how to know whether your friend or loved one has depression, how to talk about depression, how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to encourage your loved one to get help, how to support your loved one's treatment, and how to take care of yourself in the process.
The Mental Health Coordinating Council has developed this Recovery Oriented Language Guide because language matters in mental health.
Our other resource pages
Visit our Counseling resources page for local agencies offering mental health services:
Visit our Mental Health resources page for information about how to talk to your parents/caregivers if you think you need a therapist, and how to find the right one:
Visit our Self-injury and Suicide Prevention resource pages if your depression is leading you to self-injure or consider dying by suicide: