Online Depression Counselling
While feeling sad from time to time is normal, depression is a serious mental health issue. With depression, sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in your normal activities can last weeks, months or years.
Depression affects more than 1.5 million Australian adults each year. Coping can be challenging because it affects motivation and self-esteem. The good news is that in most cases, depression is transient. With the right treatment and support, such as online depression counselling, you can successfully overcome it.
What are the symptoms of depression?
- Withdrawal and disengagement
- Avoiding activities that you previously enjoyed
- Struggling with concentration and completing tasks
- Being highly critical of yourself and feeling inadequate and worthless
- Pessimistic outlook about the future
- Feeling that loved ones would be better off without you
- Frequently feeling tired and run down
- Changes in appetite
Depression is a mind-body process. “Body is the shadow of the soul” is a proverb from the 15th century. When your psyche is down, your body mirrors it. It works the other way as well – when your body suffers chronic pain or lack of sleep, it may affect your mood.
What causes depression?
Causes are varied and are usually from a mix of life events and personality. Stressful life events such as the end of a close relationship, job loss, physical health issues, unresolved family matters, or the death of a loved one might overwhelm you and leave you feeling despairing and hopeless.
Your genes, biology, coping mechanisms, social support, and thinking style all factor into your risk of developing depression.
Depression among rural people
According to the National Rural Health Alliance (2017) rates of self-harm and suicide increase with remoteness.
Incidence of suicide rate per 100,000 population: 2010-14
As you can see, the rate of suicide in rural and regional areas is far greater than in urban areas. In very remote areas, it is almost twice the major cities’ rate.
“In rural areas there can often be apprehension around help seeking and a fear of the stigma sometimes associated with mental illness – particularly in smaller communities where individuals are more visible, and confidentiality may be less assured. ‘Rural stoicism’, resilient attitudes and lower educational levels can also influence help-seeking behaviour, readiness to engage with mental health services, and adherence to preventive advice” – National Rural Health Alliance.
People in rural areas face a range of stressors that are unique to living outside of a city:
- Fewer employment opportunities
- Exposure to extreme weather and natural disasters
- Instability and unpredictability in farming
- Strenuous working conditions
- Chronic illnesses
- Social isolation
- Housing stress
Remoteness and poor access to counselling services has been part of the problem for rural people. The government has addressed this issue by offering Medicare rebates for video counselling to rural people.
Depression counselling online: how it works
When you take depression counselling online you will be able to develop Awareness of the problem and learn life skills to help you prevent depression and and cope with it. We encourage you to access depression counselling online now because you deserve a better life and improved well-being. Like all human beings you are entitled to your happiness and we would like you to pursue it.
Research suggests that there are a number of effective and proven methods to help with depression. Our psychologists use them while providing depression counselling online:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
CBT means to look at the way you THINK and the way you ACT.
Thinking your way out of depression:
- Your counsellor will help you change unhelpful thoughts and debilitating beliefs about yourself, others and the future.
- You will reflect on how you perceive and interpret situations.
- You will learn to apply less judgment and more acceptance, less shame and more compassion, less self-doubting and more optimism.
Acting your way out of depression:
- Your counsellor will also help you consider constructive choices and actions that can improve the quality of your life.
- Sleep, exercise, and doing activities that you enjoy are known to play crucial roles in combating depression.
- Your counsellor will help you address overwhelmingly complex problems with practical guidance.
- You will have new perspectives and learn useful strategies to help you cope successfully with your issues.
Depression is highly related to social relationships. People with social anxiety or poor interpersonal skills tend to suffer more isolation.
Your counsellor will help you build and nurture relationships, learn to resolve conflicts with others, express yourself assertively, and use your social support networks.
- Mindfulness will help you focus on the present moment without judging the experiences It is known as the paradox of change in counselling.
- As you learn to accept your thoughts and body sensations, you strengthen your capacity to observe.
- Suppressing depressive thoughts with avoidance, self condemnation, numbing (e.g. alcohol) only fan the fire.
Our counsellors at Rural Wellbeing are experienced in the field and knowledgeable about these methods of counselling. As studies show, online counselling for depression can be just as effective as counselling in person. We encourage you to get in touch and take advantage of this high quality service of depression counselling online.