Depression - Can I Help Others?
Often, people with depression feel embarrassed or
ashamed and therefore do not seek help or support. However, depression
affects many people and there is no reason to have these feels.
Actually, one of the best things to do after seeking out help is to try
and help others who are also suffering. You can acknowledge the problem
and talk about it with others.
The first thing to do is to tell others about your depression. In doing
so, you make people more aware of this problem and help them to see that
they are not alone. They will then see that it's ok for them to admit
that they have depression and eventually seek help. When more people
began to "come out of the closet" so to speak, then barriers to getting
help will be broken down.
Another way to help others suffering from the same problem is to start a
support group. In addition, with the invention of the internet, you can
start a virtual network with people from around the world. This serves
multiple purposes. Mainly, people can talk with someone when they are
having a bad day or when they need a little bit of inspiration to get
through a tough situation. A support group also serves as a sounding
board when someone needs to just get something off their chest. No one
has to suffer through depression alone. In addition, you can receive and
give valuable information on types of treatments of which you had no
prior knowledge or other helpful hints in coping with depression.
Therefore, just by acknowledging your own struggles and developing a
support group for people who are also suffering, you can be a valuable
asset in the fight against depression.