It’s normal for people to feel depressed at times, especially if you are dealing with something as difficult as sexual assault . Some signs of depression to look out for are:
- Feeling extremely sad, anxious, agitated or tearful
- Sleeping badly
- Sleeping too much and still feeling tired
- Not enjoying things you usually enjoy
- Not being motivated (can’t be bothered)
- Losing weight or putting on weight
- Having no appetite
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Withdrawing from friends or family, pushing them away or being mean to them so they leave you alone
- Drinking alcohol or taking drugs
- Not caring about how you look
- Worrying about your health without a real reason
- Thinking a lot about death and suicide.
What to do
If you notice that you’ve been feeling depressed for a while or if you feel like hurting yourself, it’s really important to talk to someone you trust. They will help keep you safe and get professional help.
Useful phone numbers
- Beyondblue info line 1300 22 4636
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Suicide Helpline (Victoria only) 1300 651 251
Online chat counselling
Counselling can help with depression. In some cases, medication might be useful.
If you’re feeling suicidal contact 000 emergency or your local mental health emergency service. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to: www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth/services