Depression

Depression is a persistent low mood that gets in the way of everyday life and interferes with relationships. The good news is: depression is very treatable. Around 80% of people who get treatment feel better. If you think you're depressed, talk to someone about getting help.

How do I know if I'm depressed?

You might be depressed if the way you think and feel has changed. Some common symptoms are:

  • Feeling unhappy or empty.
  • Having dark and gloomy thoughts.
  • Thinking about death or suicide.
  • Feeling numb.
  • Thinking that you're worthless or a failure.
  • Constantly criticizing and blaming yourself.
  • Being unable to concentrate.
  • Finding it very difficult to make decisions.
  • Feeling unmotivated to do anything.
  • Losing interest in activities that you used to think were fun.

 Other signs of depression are changes in how you act. Some common behaviours are:

  • Crying a lot.
  • Not doing as well as you usually do at school or work.
  • Not wanting to be with your friends.
  • Being grumpy and irritable with your family and friends.
  • Having problems sleeping or staying in bed all day long.
  • Not eating because you don't feel hungry.

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I think I'm depressed. What can I do?

There are things you can do on your own and different professionals you can talk to.

  • Explore self-care resources and tools. Check out Mindcheck.ca.
  • Seek support from someone you know and trust. Talk to them about how you're feeling. 
  • Call the Crisis Centre at 1-800-SUICIDE. They're available anytime of the day or night. 
  • Call the Mental Health Support Line at 310-6789. They're available anytime of the day or night.
  • Chat online to a support person at YouthinBC. They're available from noon to 1am. 
  • Text Youthspace at 778-783-0177. Support workers are available 6pm to 12am every night for online chats and texting.
  • Visit your doctor. They can evaluate your symptoms and prescribe therapy, and/or medication.
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