Find your words

Many people experience depression. But even though it’s common, it’s not always easy to talk about. Let’s work to change that — to break the silence and encourage open and honest communication about depression. Together, we can create a culture of acceptance and support.

Words have power. Find your words.

Maybe you’re living with depression and want to ask for support. Or maybe you want to help someone else, and let them know you’re there for them. Either way, it starts with a conversation.

Real stories of hope and support

Hear real conversations between people who’ve experienced depression and other mental health conditions and the loved ones who supported them through it. We partnered with StoryCorps. external page, a national oral history project, to capture their stories — and you may see yourself or someone you care about reflected in their words.

Beth and Shawn’s story

Listen to Beth Allen talk with her boyfriend Shawn Smith about how she came to understand and find the right treatment for her depression.

Audio for this story was produced by StoryCorps Custom Productions, with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories.


Find your words. Share your story.

Use the StoryCorps app to record and share your story. People will be able to find your words on the website, and your story will be archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Download the StoryCorps app now to share your story. external page


Exploring attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs about mental health

To win the fight against stigma, we need to understand what people really think about mental health. Kaiser Permanente conducted a national poll to get insight into people’s attitudes and beliefs about conditions like depression — to help figure out how we can all work together to create a culture of acceptance and support.

Key findings

  • believe people talk about mental health more openly today than 10 years ago.

  • understand that people living with conditions like depression face stigma.

Source: Kaiser Permanente commissioned KRC Research to conduct a 15-minute online survey among a total of 3,005 U.S. adults from August 10–16, 2017.