There are several things you can do for a depressed or lonely person. Here are just a few of the things that have worked for me and others who have helped me.
The first step is to recognize that you are not alone and that there are others out there who are feeling the same way you do. If you feel like you have no one to turn to for support, it is time to seek out a friend or family member to talk to about your feelings. You can reach out for help to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Crisis Text Line at 866-488-7386. These resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are staffed by trained professionals who can help you get the help and support you need to get through or assist the difficult time in your life. Several resources are available online at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ and http://www.crisistextline.net/. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) also has a toll-free number for people to call for help. They can be reached at 800-950-4889 or by email at [email protected]. The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a non-profit organization that provides information and resources on suicide, depression, and other mental health issues. AAS is available by phone at (800) 822-4357, by e-mail at [email protected], or in person at its offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit aaassociatesuicide.info or call (202) 693-8100.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people with mental illness and their families. Their website is mentalhealth.nami.us. To find out more about the NAMI, visit their website at MentalHealth.NAMI.Org and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Also, if you would like to be added to their mailing list, you may do so by sending an email to mental-health-list-s[email protected].