People who Treat Depression

Choose someone you can work well with and who helps you to feel safe. This may include considerations of culture and gender issues.


A doctor can treat some cases of depression and refer patients to other health care professionals when necessary.


They have expertise in testing, diagnosing and treating emotional and psychological disturbances.


They are medical doctors with special training in helping those with emotional and psychological problems. They can diagnose illness, counsel patients, prescribe medication, etc.

Counsellors and Other Therapists

These include accredited people such as psychiatric nurses, psychotherapists, social workers, school counsellors and guidance officers, etc., who are trained in various counselling techniques to help people cope with their problems.


Others who provide support would include clergy, school chaplains, friends and families and natural health practitioners. Within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, there may be specific people who are known to provide such support.