If I had depression for 6 years and I had no help, how would that affect me

Dear Feather,

I am so sorry to hear that you have been experiencing depression, but really proud of you for reaching out. We get many questions about depression and anxiety, here is some information on this

It is really important that if you are feeling depressed that you seek out support in your family, community and from a mental health provider. You should feel comfortable with the counselor you select, respected, and have a sense that this is someone from whom you can learn. My recommendation is that you don’t give up and continually keep trying until you find someone that works. To find a counselor, check with:

  • Tribal Clinic
  • Your School, or University
  • Mental Health America has a zip code locator to help you find clinics near you with low-cost or sliding scale services. They also have a Crisis hotline you can call: 1-800-273-TALK.
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America also has a zip code locator you can check out.
Thank you for reaching out, that’s no small feat. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Auntie Manda

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