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What to Do About Depression
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:
Emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health in British Columbia.
If you need support with your mental health, call to find help immediately.
The service is confidential, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is toll-free anywhere in British Columbia (no need to dial an area code), provided by the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia.
A free online, video and phone-based coaching program.
BounceBack™ is for youth, adults, and seniors who are experiencing low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, or worry. This program gives participants access to workbooks, activities, videos and a trained coach who can provide up to six sessions over the phone.
Choose a program delivery method that works best for you. Programs are available in English, French Mandarin, Cantonese and Punjabi.
BounceBack ™ is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. Their programs and resources promote mental wellbeing for all, as well as support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Free online and text support for adults and frontline workers looking for emotional support.
Online and text support for your mental health and wellness journey, provided by Health Canada.
People are being challenged like never before due to isolation, physical health concerns, substance use concerns, financial and employment uncertainty, and the emotional dialogue around racial equality. Everyone is going through this together. Wellness Together Canada is here to support everybody on that journey. The supports - available at no cost - include:
Immediate text support (for adults: Text WELLNESS to 7417411, for frontline workers: Text FRONTLINE to 7417411)
Information and videos on common mental health issues
Mental wellness programs you can do on your own and with coaching