Joining a Chat Room to Help With Depression

Providing a Safe Place to Seek Support for Depression

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Depression chat rooms can help if you are feeling depressed and need to speak with someone who understands just what it is that you are going through. You can find a safe place to express yourself and get support from others who are also experiencing depression.

If You Have Thoughts of Suicide or Self-Harm

However, if you are feeling suicidal and in danger of hurting yourself, rather than going to a non-crisis chat room, you should seek assistance from your doctor, therapist, or a suicide hotline.

In the United States, dial 1-800-273-8255 or 911. You can also chat online with a suicide-prevention counselor or text to 838255 during these times of crisis. These links are also appropriate for veterans (press 1) and you will be linked to counselors who have been trained in issues that you may be experiencing.

Depression Chat Rooms

These organizations provide moderated chat rooms. These rooms are not a substitute for professional treatment for depression, but you may find the community to be supportive.

  • Depression Chat Rooms from depression-chat-rooms.org aims to connect people who have issues regarding depression and anxiety. They also welcome people with similar or related health issues such as bipolar disorder and eating disorders. The website is independent, nonprofit, and free.
  • Depression Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization created to provide a safe, moderated platform for people with depression to seek support from other like-minded people. Membership is required to participate in the Depression Sanctuary chat rooms, but it's completely free to join. They offer hosted chats at specific times. Be aware that to keep the support group a safe and comfortable place for all members, certain rules must be followed while in the chat rooms. Depression Sanctuary is staffed by volunteers who are people just like you who also suffer from depression. Be kind and treat them with the same respect and care that you'd want for yourself.
  • Depression Understood: This site offers a depression chat room that is always open. They aim to have relaxed, supportive, informal atmosphere.

Benefits and Risks of Chat Rooms

Moderated chat rooms offer a safer place to express yourself compared with open social media platforms. However, they are not generally staffed by professionals.

The moderators or hosts will try to maintain order, but they may not always be effective in preventing abusive behavior. They cannot replace seeing a professional to help you with your condition. You may find the design and usability for some of the chat rooms to be better than others.

You may wish to explore whether there are health organizations in your area that offer a form of online intervention or treatment for depression. If you have a doctor or therapist who is treating you for depression, ask about options you have for online interaction.

A Word From Verywell

Connecting with others who are going through what you are experiencing can be a positive step. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a constant feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression may require long-term treatment, but most people with depression feel better with medication, talk therapy, or both. Get the help that can further your journey out of depression.

Sources:

Balatsoukas P, Kennedy CM, Buchan I, Powell J, Ainsworth J. The Role of Social Network Technologies in Online Health Promotion: A Narrative Review of Theoretical and Empirical Factors Influencing Intervention Effectiveness. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2015;17(6). doi:10.2196/jmir.3662.

Depression. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/basics/definition/con-20032977.

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