I know that family assistance is one of the main ways to handle mental illness. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder it was extremely frightening. The warmth of my parents and family was the main support system. They kept me hopeful even in the darkest days staying in a psychiatric hospital.
These days, I still enjoy having a close family. I visited my mother today and appreciate her kindness, help and love. I am finally able to thank her for the efforts she placed to help improve my mental health.
You need to have support when dealing with depression. This means finding those who will listen and nurture your growth. If you do not have family, free support groups through The National Alliance on Mental Illness at nami.org or The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at dbsalliance.org are a great way to find connection.