Many will agree the isolation associated with depression can be one of its worst aspects. Whatever the reason may be: living in a rural area, recently moved to a new city, death or separation from a close family member or friend — communication has been a proven tool for reducing symptoms of depression and prompting engagement among those who struggle with the illness. Now there’s TalkLife: an app that allows you to post or provide feedback, using your real name or anonymously, with others who experience the same struggle as you.
The components of TalkLife include ‘Sharing the good and the not so good’, where you can be honest if things in your life are going great or not so great. It also has a ‘Get help from those who understand’ component that allows you to post how you’re feeling in hopes of receiving feedback from those who have been in a similar situation. The ‘Talk to those who know how you feel’ component connects you with people from around the world who are going through the same problems as you. Lastly, ‘Post what really matters to you’ offers a plethora of categories to post in that apply specifically to you.
Sharing the good and the not so good
Our ability to share with others in the good times and the bad times can be some of the most therapeutic means of dealing with depression. The isolation we feel during bad times can sometimes increase our feelings of loneliness. Alternatively, not having someone to share life’s triumphs can downplay the little victories we get to experience. Download and share with TalkLife to become better engaged and aware of the similarities you share with others.
Get help from those who understand
Sometimes emotions can feel so specific to your situation that your depression can be worsened by treading in seemingly unfamiliar territory. TalkLife grants you the knowledge of knowing others have been where you are and felt how you’ve felt. All you have to do is post (with your name or anonymously) and wait for feedback from others who have been in your shoes.
Talk to those who know how you feel
Similar to ‘Get help from those who understand’, ‘Talk to those who know how you feel’ connects you with others from all around the world who have been or are currently going through a situation similar to your own. The ability of this feature of TalkLife to cross national and cultural barriers can induce feelings of closeness with those who are not physically in close proximity to you, but may be emotionally.
Post what really matters to you
This section of TalkLife gets more specific to the situation at hand that may be affecting your depression. Subsections such as ‘Parenting’, ‘Mental Health’, “Eating DIsorders’ and many others make it easy to navigate your way to the issue of your life that you need the most help with through sharing and connecting with others.
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