Depression in Adults

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It is normal to feel “sad” or “blue” at times. Depression is different from these temporary feelings. Depression is a biological illness that presents with sad mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, low energy, changes in sleep and appetite, and sometimes thoughts of suicide.

  • Clinical depression is a biological, treatable illness that involves abnormal functioning of the brain’s chemicals that affects a person’s emotions, thoughts, energy, sleep, concentration and impairs how they feel about themselves and their relationships and the world.
  • Depression is an illness and therefore someone cannot “just get over it”.
  • Depression is a family illness. If one person in a family suffers from depression it affects the entire family.
  • Peak years of onset of depression: 16-24 years old.
  • After age 15, girls and women are twice as likely as boys and men to have depression.
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Resource Organizations » Depression

12 listing(s), including 2 with hotlines and 3 offering support groups

In Chelmsford

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance DBSA Merrimack Valley
Offers support group(s)
Lowell, MA  01850
888- 280-7773
DBSA Merrimack Valley is a peer- based self-help support group focusing on issues surrounding bipolar and depressed individuals and their families. They are affiliated with the National Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. The mission of DBSA is to improve the lives of people living with mental illness. No appointments or referrals are needed to participate in their free groups. Meetings are open to anyone who suffer from the symptoms of a mood disorder, families and friends.
Due to the sensitivity of the issues discussed and the privacy of our members, participants in group must be at least 18 years of age. Weekly meeting s are held on:
Monday 6:00- 7:30PM at 273 Summer Street, Lowell MA in the Eliot Presbyterian Church or Thursday 6:00-7:30PM at 1195 Varnum Avenue, Lowell MA in the Lowell First Church of The Nazarene.

In Massachusetts

Organizations with hotlines

BEST, Boston Emergency Services Team
Boston, MA  02115
Toll-free: 800-981-HELP
24 hours a day, seven days a week. By using this helpline, a caller is assisted in dealing with psychiatric crisis support, information, and referrals. The caller may be directed to a B.E.S.T. Urgent Care Center, a Designated Emergency Department, or a crisis intervention mobile team may be dispatched to the site of the crisis. The Urgent Care Center is located at the Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Building, 85 E. Newton Street, Boston. It is open from 7am-11pm. It is strongly advised that prior to arrival to Urgent Care Center the Call Center be contacted at 1-800-981-4357.

Riverside Emergency Services
Norwood, MA  02062
Twenty-four hour a day, 7 day a week on-site and mobile teams provide psychiatric and substance abuse assessment, emergency medication evaluation, information, referral, hospital prescreening and admission. The Emergency Services utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to intervention and treatment and collaborate closely with other community resources.

Organizations without hotlines


E-couch is an Australian self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalized anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief.
It provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioral and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.

MassMen is a comprehensive resource for Massachusetts men and their loved ones, offering statewide mental health information, resources, and online self-assessments. Online self-assessments are provided for free and are available anytime through Screening for Mental Health, Inc.

Springwell, Inc.
125 Walnut Street
Watertown, MA  02472
Springwell is a private, non-profit agency that has been creating, managing, and coordinating services for seniors, individuals with disabilities and those who help care for them for more than 30 years. Along the way, we have amassed a wealth of knowledge and insight about the many public and private resources available.
We serve all elders, individuals with disabilities and their families regardless of financial situation or level of need. Our reputation for excellence is why more than 10,000 families turn to us each year for support.

In addition to this fact sheet, this web site has information on suicide intervention, prevention, and support with a list of several Helplines including those for military veterans, in Spanish and text telephone.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness
Offers support group(s)
529 Main Street, Suite 1M17
Charlestown, MA  02129
Toll Free: 800-370-9085
Fax: 617-580-8673
The National Alliance on Mental Illness maintains a helpline for information on mental illnesses and referrals to local groups. The local self-help groups have support and advocacy components and offer education and information about community services for families and individuals. Local chapters can be found through the main website. For information about the Alliance's affiliates and activities in MA, contact NAMI Massachusetts.

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden
145 Bolton Road
Harvard, MA  01451
978 456 3532
The Healing Garden is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic services, educational programs, and a healing environment to people affected by breast cancer.
Our community extends beyond our clients to include families, friends, and caretakers.
We offer:
Mind-body medicine for the relaxation and restoration of the body's energy flow.
Education about choices that contribute to health, such as offerings on nutrition, stress management, and exercise.
Expressive therapies for self-expression and processing/releasing emotions.
Modalities that help clients regain control of their lives, both during and after medical treatments.
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Outside Massachusetts

Blue Pages

BluePages provides information on treatments for depression based on the latest scientific evidence
BluePages also offers screening tests for depression and anxiety, a depression search engine, and links to other helpful resources.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Offers support group(s)
730 N. Franklin Street
Suite 501
Chicago, IL  60610
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure.
DBSA's prestigious 65-member Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is comprised of the leading researchers and clinicians in the field of mood disorders. DBSA has a grassroots network of nearly 1,000 patient-run support groups across the country. DBSA has 17 state organizations and more than 400 chapters across America.
DBSA publishes more than two dozen educational materials about living with mood disorders, all available free of charge.

Man Therapy
Denver, CO  80002
Working aged men (25-54 years old) account for the largest number of suicide deaths in Colorado. Part of a multi-agency effort, including the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, Carson J Spencer Foundation and Cactus, Man Therapy is giving men a resource they desperately need. A resource to help them understand the realities of suicide and mental health, in the hopes of helping put a stop to the suicide deaths of so many of our men. This interactive website featuring "Dr. Rich Mahogany" provides psychoeducational information geared towards men about stress, anger, depression, substance abuse and suicide, as well as tools to manage these concerns. It also includes an "18 point head inspection" where men can take a survey about how they are coping, and there is a provider search screen with options from groups and active activities to lists of professional counselors.

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Additional Sources of Information

Fact Sheet: Older Adults and Depression & Suicide, from the National Institute of Mental Health. The web site also features various publications and articles on treatment, prevention, and intervention.

The National Institute of Mental Health hosts a number of web sites about the signs and symptoms of depression, available treatment, and help:

General Resources on Aging and Wellness

Disclaimer: Material on the William James INTERFACE Referral Service website is intended as general information. It is not a recommendation for treatment, nor should it be considered medical or mental health advice. The William James INTERFACE Referral Service urges families to discuss all information and questions related to medical or mental health care with a health care professional.