If you are someone who suffers from depression, you likely—hopefully—have friends who say things like, “I’m always here for you,” “Call me anytime you want to talk—any time at all” and “Nothing you say will scare me. I won’t judge.” You know they have the best intentions but the truth is, if you were really going to rely on them as much as you need someone, it would be too much. If you were really going to call them any time you felt down, they’d never sleep. And if you were truly going to share with them what’s going on in your mind, they’d be afraid. So leaning on friends can feel like it’s not an option. Ideally, you have a therapist, but even your therapist isn’t on call 24/7—you have to wait for your weekly appointment to talk things over. So where can you turn for help? Technology. Here are apps every person with depression should know about.
If you can’t bring yourself to attend an in-person support group, let TalkLife be that for you. TalkLife is a community of individuals who log in when they need to talk to someone, or when they’re willing to lend a listening ear. You can post anonymously, and keep the other members up to date on your progress.