Each year over 1 million Australians are diagnosed with depression, but many more go undiagnosed, untreated and unsupported.
Mental illness more broadly is not uncommon. One in two Queenslanders will experience mental illness in their lifetime.
The White Cloud Foundation believes we’re stronger when we tackle issues together – so our initiatives focus on early, multidisciplinary intervention in addition to treatment.
Depression can be found in many forms within our communities and it is the mission of the White Cloud Foundation to support those who need it, when intervention matters the most.
Signs and symptoms
Depression, like most things in life, is often a unique experience for each unique individual. However, the below symptoms can be commonly associated with depressive illnesses:
- Feeling tired and run down
- Muscle soreness
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Sleep problems
- Changes in appetite
- Avoiding contact with family and friends
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Inability to concentrate
- Feeling overwhelmed, guilty or irritable.
If you think that you or someone you know may be experiencing depression, Beyond Blue hosts an online checklist that is simple and confidential (this is not intended to act as a formal diagnosis – that must be sought from a qualified health professional).
If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.
Lifeline is available 24/7 on 13 11 14. Currently the Lifeline Text trial service is available 6.00pm – 10.00pm (AEST), 7 days a week.
The Suicide Call Back Service provides 24/7 telephone and online counselling nationwide on 1300 659 467.