Depression is an extremely prevalent mental illness in the US. More than 25 million Americans age twelve or older will suffer at least one episode of depression every year – nearly 20% of that population group. This is according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Put simply, one out of every five Americans age 12 and up suffers from depression or has at least once in the past year.
About 15% of New York residents have been diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety. This is lower than the national average, yes, but still represents nearly three million people. Making matters worse, over 20% of residents (20.2%) are unable to find adequate mental health care in-state.
The good news is that help is available to you, free and confidential help, around the clock. Here are three helplines any New York resident can call to receive assistance for depression. Call today and start down a path toward helping yourself, or helping someone you know.
The National Depression Hotline
Anybody anywhere can call 866-629-4564 to reach a specialist with The National Depression Helpline. It’s a free, confidential, around-the-clock helpline for depression and/or anxiety. Call now for immediate assistance, or click here to visit the website which offers a wealth of additional information and resources. When you’re ready, we’re here to listen.
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports offers the NY Hopeline. It’s available for any resident to call and receive free and confidential info/resources on mental and/or behavioral health matters. Call 877-846-7369 or text “HopeNY” at 467369 anytime to reach a trained specialist who can help. Visit the NY Hopeline website by clicking here.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a helpline for all US residents to receive assistance for depression and/or any form of mental issue. Call 800-950-6264 from Monday to Friday, 10AM to 10PM, or text “HelpLine” to 62640. You may also visit the New York-specific NAMI website, which offers a wealth of info, by clicking here.