RUOK? Day: What if you're that one that's not okay?
What if you're the one that's not okay?
Firstly, and most importantly, it is okay to say you’re not okay. There is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health, and reaching out for help can be one of the hardest steps to take in the journey to recovery.
Everybody feels down or sad at times. But it's important to be able to recognise when depression has become more than a temporary thing, and when to seek help.
As a general rule of thumb, if your feelings of depression persist for most of every day for two weeks or longer, and interfere with your ability to manage at home or outside the home, then you would benefit from assessment by a skilled professional.
It's also important to recognise that many of the above features could be caused by or related to other things, such as a physical illness, the effects of medications, or stress. A trained professional will help in assessing such things.
Allow yourself to seek help. Struggling on alone can prolong the depression.
Resources: where to find help
Your GP or medical health practioner
RUOK Day: Find Help
Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au
Black Dog Institute: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service: Acute Response Team on 1800 048 636.
Helping Minds: helpingminds.org.au
LifeLine: Call 13 11 14 (anytime)
Lifeline Text: 0477 13 11 14 (Lifeline Text is available 6pm - Midnight (AEST), 7 days a week)
Mental Health Emergency Response Line: Call 1300 555 788.
Youth Focus: www.youthfocus.com.au