8 steps you should take if you’re feeling depressed like Hannah from 13 Reasons Why

No one should feel this way!

Netflix’s new show, 13 Reasons Why has been the talk of the town since it was released last month. You probs know at least one person (if not dozens and dozens of people) talking tweeting about it.

It’s one of the few teen dramas out there that explores high-school bulling, rape, depression and teen suicide to the point where it’s uncomfortable to watch.

It’s a step forward to tackling real issues that thousands of teenagers sadly have to experience, and although at times it does have a few hiccups in it, we hope that EVERYONE sits up and pays attention to the story it tells.

So what are these hiccups then? Well, as much as we love 13 Reasons Why, we can’t ignore the fact it’s a TV show. At times, Netflix does rely on stereotypical characters and plot tropes to push the story along.

For example, there wasn’t many mentions of ways to get help if you ARE experiencing what Hannah is going through. According to Young Minds, 1 in 4 (26%) teenagers in the UK have had suicidal thoughts.

It may be startling to hear that, but our point is, it’s not uncommon to feel this way. You’re not alone and there are steps and options that are available to you that the show didn’t cover. Here are just a few of them…

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1. Talk to someone

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The chances are you’ve probably heard this piece of advice over and over again, but if you are feeling depressed or feel like things are getting too much, talk to someone.

We know – it’s easier said than done. But if you have a friend or a parent on hand to help you through this, you’ll instantly feel so much better by speaking to them.

Often when you’re depressed even the littlest of things can seem like a mammoth task. The idea of coursework might seem pointless? Or the idea of leaving the house may seem too daunting? Talking these worries, concerns and feelings through often makes them seem more manageable and will help you.

2. See if there’s any help at your school

If there’s no one at home you can talk to about how you’re feeling, try talking to a teacher or councillor at school.

Most schools, colleges and universities have support systems in place for students who are suffering from depression. So, speak to a member of staff and see if they can help.

3. Call up a hotline

If you’d prefer to talk to someone anonymously, there are also free hotlines that you can call.

Samaritans are on hand to help with a number of different issues, such as depression, anxiety and any school or family issues you may have. The lines are open 24/7 and you can find all the details you need to call on their website.

In addition to Samaritans, you can also call SANE. They’re the leading mental health charity in the UK and have a goal to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness – you can call them on this number.

4. Visit a doctor

In addition to speaking to people, you can also receive free treatment in the UK. You can visit a doctor who can prescribe antidepressants.

Thousands of people are on them and there are many different types available. For more information you can visit the NHS website.

5. Seek out counselling

A doctor can also refer you to counselling. Again, there are lots of different types available in the UK. A few of these include group counselling, one-to-one counselling and CBT therapy.

A doctor will be able to talk to you about what’s currently on offer in your area.

6. Online counselling

Charities like Turn 2 Me, also offer free online counselling. They aim to create a world where mental illness is acknowledged and accepted and have a number of different services available to young people and adults.

7. Find other resources

One of the big benefits of the Internet is the amount of online resources that are available. There are plenty of books about depression that can help and not just the dreary self-help books you’d expect, either. Sometimes reading about another person who has had depression can be comforting in some way.

Reasons to Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig is a fantastic book. We’d recommend reading it alongside getting professional help, but it’s a text that will make you feel a lot less alone with what you’re currently experiencing.

8. Talk to other people who are feeling this way

As well as reading about other people’s experiences with depression, talking to other people who also have it or are feeling a similar way to you can be helpful.

More and more people are opening up about mental health on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. A bunch of your favourite YouTubers have also been posting videos about their own experiences.

Do you have any tips or advice? Leave them in the comments below.

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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