The following groups provide a confidential way to begin researching how you or your loved one can get help with depression.

National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
Call or log on for brochures on depression.
800.421.4211; www.nimh.nih.gov

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
A support and advocacy organization with more than 1,200 state and local affiliates that can offer guidance on finding treatment.
800.950.NAMI; www.nami.org

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Educational organization for patients, families, and the public. Maintains an extensive catalog of helpful books.
800.826.3632; www.ndmda.org (formerly the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association)

National Mental Health Association (NMHA) An association that works with 340 affiliates to promote mental health through advocacy, education, research, and services.
800.969.6642; www.nmha.org

—J.T.