Fayette County Clinic:
Washington CH, Ohio

Phone 740-335-6935
Crisis 740-335-7155

Floyd Simantel Clinic:
Chillicothe, Ohio

Phone 740-775-1270
Crisis 740-773-4357

Highland County Clinic:
Hillsboro, Ohio

Phone 937-393-9946
Crisis 937-393-9904

Lynn Goff Clinic:
Greenfield, Ohio

Phone 937-981-7701
Crisis 937-393-9904

Martha Cottrill Clinic:
Chillicothe, Ohio

Phone 740-775-1260
Crisis 740-773-4357

Pickaway County Clinic:
Circleville, Ohio

Phone 740-474-8874
Crisis 740-477-2579

Pike County Clinic:
Waverly, Ohio

Phone 740-947-7783
Crisis 740-947-2147

 

 


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Community and On-line Self-Help Resources for Major Depression

Rashmi Nemade, Ph.D., Natalie Staats Reiss, Ph.D., and Mark Dombeck, Ph.D.

Self-help need not be a solitary pursuit. Instead, it can be very helpful to gather together with other people experiencing similar problems for purposes of mutual support. Community-based support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Weight Watchers fall outside of the psychotherapy realm. Such groups are not conducted by a therapist, but by a nonprofessional leader, group member, or by the group as a whole. Though not professionally led, these support groups do offer many of the same social support, identity, and belonging benefits that make group therapy effective. Participation in support groups is sometimes recommended in addition to participation in psychotherapy or in professionally-led group therapy. Participation in a self-help support group after formal psychotherapy has ended may be a useful strategy to ward off future episodes of depression.

elderly woman on computerOne of the nicer aspects of living during the Internet era is that virtual support groups are available on-line all the time and are accessible from any Internet connection. People from all over the world gather together in these on-line communities for mutual support. On-line communities are a particularly good and important resource during the disabling phases of depression when people are not able to motivate themselves to leave their homes.

There are numerous websites that offer on-line support for depressed individuals. A few useful community links are provided below:

Undoubtedly, more and more groups are being formed all the time. A simple search on the Internet will yield numerous options for those looking for on-line help.