It's not just sadness, it's a disease.

Depression is...

  • a mental illness
  • much more severe than typical sadness or grief
  • common, yet serious
  • treatable
  • scary
  • damaging to your mind and body


  • Major depression affects about 6.7% of American adults
  • Depression is more prevalent in women than men
  • Up to 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 adolescents suffer from depression
  • Depression is the cause of about 2/3 of reported suicides in the US each year
  • 25% of cancer patients experience depression
  • 27% of people with substance abuse disorders experience depression

It's ok to not be ok, but you have to say something

Somebody Might Be Depressed If They Show...

  • general discontent
  • loneliness or hopelessness
  • loss of interest, inability to feel pleasure, or apathy
  • emotional distress
  • mood swings
  • excessive crying
  • social isolation
  • irritability or agitation
  • insomnia or excessive sleepiness
  • repeatedly going over thoughts
  • anxiety
  • slowness in activity and thought or lack of concentration
  • thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  • excessive hunger or loss of appetite
  • weight loss or gain
  • fatigue
  • substance abuse

Get help!

Tell a friend or family member

Talk to a counselor

Get a therapist or psychiatrist