Where can I go for help?

If you are unsure where to go for help, try these resources:

  • Call your family doctor/PCP
  • Other Mental Health specialists:  psychiatrists, psychologist, social workers, counselors
  • Community organizations
  • Free Peer Support Groups
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Check your local telephone directory under “mental health” and/or look in the front of the directory for the special section titled “Other
  • Helpful Numbers”. In the Fort Worth directory, you will find Depression Connection for Recovery

How do I make someone get help when they don’t want it?

If you know someone who may be depressed, it affects you too.  The most important thing you can do is help your friend or relative get a diagnosis and treatment.  You will feel more confident in helping someone obtain treatment if you become familiar with mental health education yourself.  You may need to make the appointment and go with the person to see the doctor.  Encourage the person you care about to stay in treatment, or to seek different treatment if no improvement occurs after 6 to 8 weeks.

To help your friend or relative when they don’t want help:

  • Offer emotional support, understanding, patience and encouragement
  • Talk to him or her, and listen carefully
  • Take Suicidal Thoughts or Threats Seriously.  Do not leave the person alone. Thoughts about death or suicide are not uncommon in depression.

If you or someone you care for is experiencing thoughts of suicide:

  • Call your doctor
  • Go to the nearest emergency department
  • Call 911
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK(8255)

Encourage the person that today’s treatment work best the sooner treatment is started.