The other day, Google added a diagnostic survey function to their mobile search in the United States. If you Google “depression” or “clinical depression” you will get a special button that allows you direct access to the test through Google.
However, here in New Zealand the test is actually available through the Depression.Org website. This is the same test that is asked by GP’s to determine where on the scale you sit when it comes to Depression or Anxiety.
So when you do a Google search for “Depression” on your mobile, the first link to pop up is the Depression.Org website. From here you can select the “Take The Test” button:
From there you select either Depression, or Anxiety.
Once you have completed the very simple test, you will receive a score, and some advice on what to do. You can call the Depression Helpline (open 24/7) – 0800 111 757, or simply talk to your GP.
I’ve also listed other ways you can reach out for help if you need below.
ALTERNATIVELY, you can head over to Mother’s Helpers and take the Edinburgh Post Natal Depression test. Kristina says this is more relevant to mums with young children or those who are pregnant. Their test gives you the score, advice about who to go to for help (if needed) and Mothers Helpers will follow up to check if a mum wants more support. The online test is here:
Please don’t be afraid to ask for help. Even if it feels like it gets you nowhere. You never know who might be listening, and you’d be surprised at the number of people out there who actually, genuinely, want to help.
To all of you parents out there who don’t have close family to help out, or friends – I am sorry. It can’t be easy, and I know a lot of you have no choice but to continue through – I have a ridiculous amount of admiration for you.
However, if you are truly struggling, please still ask for help. Talk to your GP. Or someone at work. As I said above, you’d be surprised who might hear you and help ❤️
Here are some more links if you need to get help, of any kind, ASAP:
- Lifeline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 354
- Depression Helpline (open 24/7) – 0800 111 757
- Healthline (open 24/7) – 0800 611 116
- Samaritans (open 24/7) – 0800 726 666
- Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.
- Youthline (open 24/7) – 0800 376 633. You can also text 234 for free between 8am and midnight, or email email@example.com
- 0800 WHATSUP children’s helpline – phone 0800 9428 787 between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. Online chat is available from 7pm to 10pm every day at www.whatsup.co.nz.
- Kidsline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 754. This service is for children aged 5 to 18. Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy. These are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.
- Your local Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)
- Alcohol Drug Helpline (open 24/7) – 0800 787 797. You can also text 8691 for free.
- For further information, contact the Mental Health Foundation’s free Resource and Information Service (09 623 4812).