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Depression facts

Talking about depression can be hard, but it’s important. Learning about it can help make the conversation easier.

What causes depression?

Depression can affect anyone — regardless of age, culture, lifestyle, or family history. Many factors can impact mental health — including biology, environment, and challenging life events. There’s no single cause, and it isn’t anyone’s fault.

300 million people worldwide experience depression. https://findyourwords.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/infographic-0-m@2x.png

Source: World Health Organization

Help for depression

For some people, practicing self-care through things like meditation and exercise can help ease symptoms of depression. Others may need professional support, which can include counseling, medication, or a combination of both. No matter what your situation is, it’s important to know that help is available, and it’s OK to reach out.

Treatment works for 8 in 10 people. https://findyourwords.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/infographic-3-5-m@2x.png

Source: Mental Health America

Exploring attitudes, beliefs, and stigma

Many people avoid talking about depression — and getting treatment — because of perceived negative stereotypes about people with mental health conditions. We still have work to do to end stigma — but the results of our 2017 national poll show that most people are understanding, accepting, and supportive:

89% understand that mental health conditions can affect anyone. 80% realize that people living with conditions like depression face stigma. 70% would be comfortable offering support to someone who was strygging. https://findyourwords.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/infographic-1-m@2x.png

Source: Kaiser Permanente consumer poll, 2017

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