Know the signs of depression

There are times in life when we feel “depressed” or down. Usually, these feelings pass, but sometimes they don’t. When these feelings linger, they can leave us feeling hopeless. A feeling of emptiness may be a sign of a treatable medical illness called depression.

Talk to your primary care provider about depression if:

  • You feel hopeless or down every day for more than two weeks
  • You believe these feelings get in the way of work or relationships
  • You notice major changes in sleeping, eating, weight, energy level or concentration

For more information about depression or to get help, call us at 888-257-1985 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also visit our Online Health Guide.


These organizations can provide you with additional information about depression and its treatment. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, National Alliance on Mentally Illness and the National Mental Health Association can also provide you with information about resources in Massachusetts or in your community . Talk with your clinician about other resources that may be available in your area.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
730 North Franklin Street, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone: (800) 826-3632

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
Telephone: (800) 950-NAMI (800-950-6264)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Telephone: (800) 421-4211

Mental Health America (MHA)
500 Montgomery Street, Suite 820
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (800) 969-6642