Lateefah Fatunbi

Depression can affect your ability to function at work, school, or home and can reduce your motivation to engage in social and recreational activities. Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling sad, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, or generally pessimistic.
  • Feeling more irritable than normal.
  • Not doing the things you used to enjoy because you have no interest and/or motivation.
  • Feeling easily fatigued or generally lacking energy.
  • Experiencing changes in your sleep and/or appetite.
  • Having difficulty thinking, making decisions, concentrating, or remembering things.
  • Having an increase in physical ailments with no medical reason or evidence as to why.
  • Thinking of death or suicide.

Questions to consider asking when you call a depression hotline:

  • What are some common symptoms of depression?
  • Do I actually have depression, or am I just sad?
  • Will I feel like this for the rest of my life?
  • Is it possible to have more than one mental illness at a time?
  • What can I do to start feeling better?
  • What should I expect when I seek treatment?
  • What levels of treatment are there for depression?
  • What type of therapy or medication can help me resolve my depression?
  • Will I have to be on medication for the rest of my life?
  • Will insurance cover the cost of treatment?
  • If I don’t have insurance, how much will treatment cost? Are there any free or low-cost resources in my community?
  • What should I do next?

Calling a depression hotline can help you answer the following questions:

  • How can I tell if someone I love is dealing with depression?
  • Should I confront this person, or is there another way I can start the conversation?
  • How can I show my support?
  • Are there any support groups for family and friends of people with depression?
  • What options do I have if I fear that my loved one is at risk of hurting themselves or someone else?

Calling a depression hotline is your opportunity to:

  • Get information about depression and general mental health disorders.
  • Talk to someone who understands what you are going through.
  • Receive help confidentially and anonymously.
  • Find a counselor, therapist, or mental health treatment facility.
  • Learn how depression is treated.
  • Discover how to help a loved one who is experiencing depression.
  • Get more information about how depression is related to other mental health issues.