WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

Depression is a very common illness, it’s the biggest cause of disease burden in the world. So if you’re going through it, you’re definitely not alone. 

There are lots of things that can cause depression – working in the music industry and all the stresses that come with it can increase the risk.

Depression can affect your life in so many ways; from your work, to relationships to your physical health and in the most serious cases can lead to suicide – so it’s really worth knowing about it and getting help if you think you might be depressed.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Everyone has down days from time to time, but with depression you feel down for most of the day for at least 2 weeks 
  • You lose interest in the things you normally like to do and can’t seem to get your enthusiasm back
  • Your sleep is worse than usual and you don’t get enough OR you sleep too much

A loss or reduction in appetite OR sometimes a significant increase

  • These are often related to feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless

In more serious cases, people think about or plan to end their life

HOW TO DEAL WITH DEPRESSION

Depression doesn’t have to be forever. In fact, it can be successfully overcome through the use of talking therapy or prescribed medication (it’s most effectively managed with a combination of both.)

Depression requires a treatment approach that is tailored to the individual , and usually that means teaming up with a mental health practitioner for guidance and support. You don’t have to go it alone – in fact, it’s better if you don’t. 

OK.. WHAT NOW?

Speak with a friend, family member or the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline about how you are feeling and how to get support.

  • Discuss your symptoms and support options with a doctor. Aussie residents are eligible for the Mental Health Care Plan, which can save you a good chunk of money off sessions with a registered psychologist.
  • The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline can help you find a doctor and get on a Mental Health Care Plan. 
  • Ask around, get on Google, speak to the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, or ask your GP for recommendations. There is a huge marketplace of mental health professionals out there, available in-person, online and over the phone.

ARTICLES about DEPRESSION

TOP 3 PODCASTS

The Yin and Yang of the Music Industry With Bliss (Bliss n Eso) | 28 MIN
Rhyme & Reason by MMAD (Musicians Making a Difference)

The Rhyme & Reason podcast features artists and musicians sharing their stories. This Episode follows Bliss from Bliss n Eso as he discusses mentally navigating the music industry and supporting mates through addiction.

Listen to Rhyme & Reason by MMAD here

Tim Minchin #531 | 45 MIN
Mental Illness Happy Hour

With host Paul Gilmartinn, Mental Illness Happy Hour chats to different people about different issues each episode, exploring the many shades of grey of mental illness.

In this episode, Paul is joined by Tim Minchin as they talk about his debut studio album and what it’s like to live in the melancholy.

Listen to Mental Illness Happy Hour here.

SOUND CHECK EPISODE TWO | 45 MIN
The Hilarious World of Depressio‪n

The Hilarious World of Depression podcast approaches depression in a series of honest, moving and funny episodes. Featuring conversations with host John Moe and different comedians on their experience with depression and how they managed to laugh along the way.

Listen to The Hilarious World of Depressio‪n here

TOP 3 BOOKS

The Van Gogh Blues

by Eric Maisel

Taming The Black Dog

by Bev Aisbett

Lost Connections

by Johann Hari

TOP 3 APPS

Happify

Need a happy fix? With its psychologist-approved mood-training program, the Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood.

Free on iOs and Android

Reflectly

Journaling app, Reflectly uses AI to help user structure and reflect upon each day and your thoughts and problems.

Free on iOs and Android

 

Headspace

The Headspace app makes meditation simple. Learn the skills of mindfulness and meditation by using this app for just a few minutes per day.

Free on iOs and Android

VIDEOs about mental health

On My Mind #1: Don’t Believe Everything You Think

How to spot and manage unhelpful thought patterns and restrictive beliefs.

On My Mind #2: Sitting With The Hard Stuff

Learning to identify and sit with difficult emotions and not let them rule you.