ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.
This information sheet, developed by ASERT, provides some tips and suggestions for self-advocates to learn how to help manage symptoms of depression.
The following list of suggestions are things that can help you manage your depression:
Be Active: Find exercises that are continuous and rhythmic like swimming, walking or dancing.
Do Things You Enjoy: Listen to music, watch TV, read, draw or play games.
Challenge Negative Thoughts: Try to find other ways of looking at a situation. It may not be as bad as you initially think.
Continue Everyday Tasks: Try to keep doing your regular daily activities like going to school/work, doing chores, and maintaining your hygiene.
Stay Connected: Surround yourself with friends and family to support you. Keep up with social activities, even if you don’t want to.
Seek Help: Talking to a therapist, physician or other mental health professional can help.
Spend Time In Sunlight: Get outside or increase sunlight in your home.
Eat Healthy: Don’t skip meals, avoid alcohol, cigarettes or drugs and minimize sugar.
Reduce Stress: Practice meditation or deep breathing as a way to help reduce stress.
Get The Right Sleep: Sleeping too little or too much can make depression worse, so aim to get 8 hours of sleep a night.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.