This post was originally written for All The Buzz

In light of Robin William’s recent death, a lot of us are saddened. I know for me personally, he was such an integral part of my childhood, growing up with Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Hook, Jumanji…. But while we think about Robin Williams and his life, I think this is also a very good time to acknowledge that when you’re depressed and feeling low, it can be really difficult to reach out for help. Sometimes it feels like there is no light left at the end of that tunnel, and that you have no energy left. But there are some things that can help make reaching out for help easier.

Talk

It sounds so simple, but just talk. Talk to friends and family who are around you and who you are close with. You don’t have to say, “Guess what? I’m depressed!” Just tell them what you’re struggling with, tell them how you feel. It can be helpful to have someone just listen, and sometimes just hearing yourself say things aloud can help you organise your thoughts and feelings; making them easier to deal with.

If you don’t feel comfortable talking to friends and family, try calling a support line or reach out online. There are 24-hour hotlines with people trained specifically to help people going through a tough time. In Ireland, you can call the Samaritans at 1850 609090, and in the UK at 08457 90 90 90. Alternatively, no matter where you are, you can also email jo@samaritans.org.

Try to remember you’re not a burden

Often times people don’t talk because they don’t want to burden other people. They don’t want to put their problems on other people. But remember that in any relationship (whether it’s a friend or family member) it involves some give and take. There are times when you’ve been there for others, so let others be there for you. Sometimes when we talk to people, they may not know what to do to help us, so even telling them, “can we just go do something normal like grab a pizza or go see a movie” can allow them to help you.

See a Health Professional

While friends and family can be helpful to a point, sometimes it can be a good idea to talk to your GP or see a therapist. They can provide you with helpful information and can teach you how to cope with things. Plus, sometimes it’s just nice to vent to someone who isn’t personally attached to you or the situations you’re in.

Get Physical

It can be hard when feeling down, but try to get some physical activity if possible. Even if it’s just walking around the block – you don’t need to become a marathon runner or Olympic weight lifter. Exercising three times a week for thirty minutes is equally as effective as taking antidepressant medication (and much cheaper too!).

For more information about how to reach out, help a friend in a tough time, or what to do if you’re feeling suicidal, check out the awesome articles over onReachout.com.

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