Local Support Groups For Depression

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Local support groups for depression can help, because regardless of what course of action one opts to take with their depression, the “talking cure” is always recommended. Even if one wants to go the medicinal route and is willing to live with any and all side effects, the therapeutic/talking option available with local support groups for depression helps speed that process along, and in essence, helps reach the spots that are hard to get to with traditional medicinal drugs.

Once a given depression sufferer decides that they don’t want to pursue talking with someone regarding their condition, the next logical step is deciding to whom. A psychotherapist is the obvious first choice, but some people have neither the desire nor the financial stability to afford this. The next logical step is speaking to likeminded individuals dealing with the same experiences in local support groups for depression. In doing so, not only will a person help go a certain ways in alleviating their own problems, maybe, just maybe they’ll do something to help another person.

Because of the easy access to computers these days, the best way to find local support groups for depression is via the internet. Here are some of the more recognizable online support groups available on the web:

Befrienders Worldwide
Suicide-focused site featuring warning sign information and a worldwide hotline directory.
URL: http://www.befrienders.org/
PPD Support Page
Offers postpartum depression (PPD) peer support via posting boards, chat rooms, and email listserv, as well as a wealth of resources, personal stories, and more.
URL: http://www.ppdsupportpage.com
Depression - Christian Forums
A new subforum for the support of those suffering from depression.
URL: http://christianforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=393
Christian-Depression eSupport
An e-mail discussion list for people wishing to discuss how depression affects their Christian walk. Discussion is open to prayer, posts about treatment and day to day events of members lives. The list is closed in the sense that the list owner must approve requests for subscription:
URL: www.egroups.com/group/christian-depression
Christian Depression Support
Here you will find our stories - how we were lead to Jesus Christ and how we deal with the disease of Depression.
URL: http://www.miraclepro.com/cds.htm
The Ranch Organization - You can listen to music that will clear your mind, hear a story thatwill touch your heart, or watch a message that will stir your soul. And if you feel like talking, pull up a chair. Therapeutic and innovative site with reflections, chat and resources.
URL: http://www.theranch.org
HopeKeepers ® Magazine offers spiritual support to those who live with a chronic condition. What is the definition of a chronic illness? Anything that causes continuous pain or an incurable illness. This can include fibromyalgia, diabetes or heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, back pain.
URL: http://www.restministries.org/hk_mag/about.htm
BellaOnline Forums: Depression – A forum for Women
URL: http://forums.bellaonline.com/postlist.php?Cat=0&Board=80
The Samaritans Organization - trained volunteers are available 24 hours a day to listen and provide emotional support. You can call a volunteer on the phone, or e-mail them. Confidential and non-judgmental. Short of writing to a psychotherapist, one of the best sources of online help.
URL: http://www.samaritans.org/
Suicide Help:
Feeling suicidal? If you feel like you want to harm yourself, call someone! Call a trusted friend or medical professional. Call your counsellor, call 9-1-1 or a suicide hotline, where trained individuals can assist you.
U.S. Help:
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
http://hopeline.com/
Canada Help:
http://www.suicideinfo.ca/csp/go.aspx?tabid=77
http://www.suicideinfo.ca/
Other Countries:
http://www.befrienders.org/

 
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