Seeking professional help provides a way to begin talking about treatment so that you can find the most effective treatment for you.
There are public health intervention programs to help people with medical illnesses that also suffer from depression6. Utilizing these resources and services can be helpful.
Connecting with others can help individuals manage these feelings of social isolation3. This also helps with providing a support system for you as the individual.
Maybe you are not the one you are most concerned about. Maybe you have a friend who needs these services. We encourage you to share these resources and be a friend to this person if you are able to do so.
Here is an important number and resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has great resources: https://www.samhsa.gov/
If you are interested in learning more
Learn more by reading professional journals, such as the Journal of Depression and Anxiety, a free peer reviewed online scientific journal. You can visit the journal homepage at https://www.longdom.org/depression-and-anxiety.html.
You can also learn more through worldwide publications of health organizations, such as the World Health Organization. Learn more about depression from the WHO website at https://www.who.int/health-topics/depression#tab=tab_1.
And find more information and encouragement through Christian websites and educators such as, the Adventist Review. Click the link to read an article on depression and the aging https://www.adventistreview.org/1701-50
Be a connection
Maybe you are someone who sees the needs around you. When we are in times of crisis, there is plenty of stress-for everyone.
If you are a person who would like to know how to help others enjoy life more, consider engaging in additional education. A valuable program that is well recognized is “Mental Health First Aid”. Please review the website for details: https://www.samhsa.gov/
There is potential for a course to be available in the Keene or surrounding area in the future. Let us know of your interest or check back for calendar updates.
Inspired service to others
Per chance you are inclined to believe what the Bible has to say, consider these words from Isaiah 58:10-11: “ . . . and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always, He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame . . . “
We are encouraged to be of service to others where and when we are able to. It may not always be easy, but sharing of ourselves can help us physically and emotionally. It also helps us realize that others feel challenged and have struggles in life. Having someone share themself, as a friend, lightens the burdens and often makes the journey through life easier.