About Depression

What Can You Do?

If you think you have depression, it is important that you find support. The skills in this guide are meant to help you with your depression, but you shouldn’t have to do it alone. Talking it over with someone you trust can help you understand your problems or put them in perspective.

Learning and practicing the skills in this guide, developing antidepressant skills, is likely to be very helpful in overcoming mild depression.

Mild Depression
  • Talk to family and trusted friends about how you’ve been feeling. 
  • Write about problems you’re facing, your feelings and thoughts, and possible solutions.
  • Speak to a health professional (family doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, school counsellor, or mental health nurse) if you think you might be depressed.
  • In some cases, antidepressant medications can be helpful in overcoming mild depression. But for most adolescents with mild depression, the answer does not lie in medication.
Major Depression
  • Talk to family and trusted friends about how you’ve been feeling.
  • Write about problems you’re facing, your feelings and thoughts, and possible solutions.
  • Definitely see your family physician if you think you might be depressed.
  • Antidepressant medications are often helpful in overcoming major depression in adolescents.

Learning and practicing the skills in this guide, developing antidepressant skills, is likely to help in overcoming major depression. BUT remember that the skills taught in this guide will not be enough by themselves to fix something this serious. If you have a major depression, you should seek professional help.

If you feel like hurting yourself...
For many people, depression makes life seem hopeless and unmanageable. For a small number of individuals this feeling of hopelessness gets so strong they begin to think that life itself is not worth living. If this happens to you or someone you know, it’s time to get help. Talk to an adult you trust so you can find a health care professional to help you get past these feelings. If you can’t wait for an appointment, visit mindcheck.ca/crisis for a list of places you can contact.  Remember, things can get better.