This article from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center offers some concrete steps to take if you’re feeling down.
“Knowing what depression looks like and how to manage it can help prevent you from slipping into dark moods.”
“Depression is increasing in the United States, in no small part due to COVID-19. According to recent reports, depressive symptoms are at least three times higher than they were before the pandemic hit, suggesting that the emotional cost of living through this time is enormous.”
“While we are all prone to feeling down these days, depression differs from normal sorrow or anxiety and is far more debilitating…Given the high price of depression, it’s important to understand what causes it, how to identify it, and the steps we can take to counter it.”
Warm-lines & Support Services
California Peer-Run Warm Line – non-emergency resource for emotional support. 1-855-845-7415
California Friendship Line – serving older adults and caregivers. (888) 670-1360.
211.org – comprehensive source for local social service information: food, housing, health care and mental health care.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
National Drug & Alcohol Abuse Hotline 1-800-662-43576