Week 3: Depression #MHM #MHAM

For each of Mental Health Month, the SITREP will post information and resources focused on a mental health issue. For Week Three, the focus is on Depression.

Depression in the LGBT Population (Healthline)
Depression affects LGBT people at higher rates than the heterosexual population, and LGBT youths are more likely than heterosexual students to report high levels of drug use and feelings of depression.

Understanding Anxiety & Depression for LGBTQ People (Anxiety & Depression Association of America)
If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer(LGBTQ) or are exploring your sexual orientation or gender identity, and you struggle with anxiety or depression, let’s start by putting things into context. By that I mean let’s think through powerful life experiences that fundamentally impact your sense of well-being.

What is the link between depression & sexual orientation? (Medical News Today)
People who are a part of LGBTQIA+ communities are more likely to experience symptoms of depression due to oppression and discrimination. These factors can arise at school, at home, and within their wider communities.

LGBTQ Veterans Face Compounding Mental Health Challenges (OPB)
This story is part of Breaking the Silence, a weeklong effort by news organizations across Oregon to change the way we talk about the public health crisis of death by suicide. It contains descriptions of suicide and may not be suitable for all readers.

Addressing the Mental Health Challenges of Bisexual Veterans (USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck)
New research indicates that service members and veterans who identify as bisexual may be at higher risk for mental health issues including PTSD and depression than their gay, lesbian or heterosexual peers.

Coping with Depression (HelpGuide)
When you’re depressed, you can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it.” But this guide to depression help can put you on the road to recovery.

How to cope with a depressive episode (Medical News Today)
A depressive episode in the context of a major depressive disorder is a period characterized by low mood and other depression symptoms that lasts for 2 weeks or more. When experiencing a depressive episode, a person can try to make changes to their thoughts and behaviors to help improve their mood.

How to Fight Depression: 20 Things to Try (Healthline)
Depression can drain your energy, leaving you feeling empty and fatigued. This can make it difficult to muster the strength or desire to seek treatment. However, there are small steps you can take to help you feel more in control and improve your overall sense of well-being.

8 Tips for Living with Depression (Very Well Mind)
Everything feels more challenging when you’re dealing with depression. Going to work, socializing with friends, or even just getting out of bed can feel like a struggle. But there are some things you can do to cope with your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Here are eight tips for living with depression.

How to Talk to Your Partner About Your Depression (Very Well Mind)
Your partner should be your advocate, your cheerleader, the person who knows you best, but telling them about your depression can feel awkward, uncomfortable, and stressful. How do you get them to understand the severity of your feelings? How do you tell them without worrying them? Learn how to communicate your emotions and struggles with your partner so they can help support you.

Best Depression Support Groups (Very Well Mind)
Depression support groups allow individuals with depression to talk about their experiences while offering each other encouragement, empathy, understanding, and support. These types of groups are ideally suited to those who are already receiving treatment for depression from a mental health professional, but who also want a personalized connection with others who have been in the same situation and who can offer support.