At first, you may find depression hard to notice in yourself or someone else. Learn what you can do if you are experiencing depression.
What can I do about depression?
There are many ways to manage depression. Counselling and therapy, medication, self-help resources, or a combination of these methods, are examples. Changes to your lifestyle, like getting more exercise and a healthy diet, are also other ways to manage depression.
Health care professionals (e.g., family doctor, nurse) can help you to find the right type of support. If a friend or loved one is depressed, have an open conversation. Learn about depression and how to assist them to find treatment and support.
If you or someone you know may be experiencing depression:
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia
Provides a toll-free number connecting callers to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. Offers emotional support, information on appropriate referral options, and a wide range of support relating to mental health concerns.
Offers health and social services for young people to access mental health care, substance use services, youth and family peer supports, primary care, and social services. Services are provided together in a single place to make it easier for young people to find the care, connection and support they need.
Centres provide safe, non-judgmental care, information and resources in a youth-friendly space and work to reach young people earlier - before health challenges become problematic.