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.
However, when analyzing data on depression by state provided publicly by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it becomes clear that West Virginia has a significant depression issue. Out of all fifty states, West Virginia has the 2nd highest rate of diagnosed depression with 24.62% of residents suffering, nearly one in four people.
The good news is that help is available to you, free and confidential help, around the clock. Here are three helplines any West Virginia 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.
Called “West Virginia’s Emotional Strength Line,” Help304 exists for residents to receive free and confidential counseling, info, and resources on mental health matters. Call 877-435-7304 to reach a professional, or click here to visit the Help304 website which offers chat and text options.
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 West Virginia-specific NAMI website, which offers a wealth of info, by clicking here.