Depression: Resources for Primary Care Physicians

About 10% of all outpatients have major depression.1,2 Although you can prescribe pharmacotherapy, you probably do not have the time to provide extensive counseling. What else can you offer patients with depression and other mood disorders? Listed here are some organizations that provide educational conferences, depression screening tools, patient education materials, support groups, and information about community resources. Many patients with mood disorders benefit from supportive interventions. One of the goals of such interventions is to counteract the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that accompany depression.

Depressives Anonymous: Recovery From Depression
329 East 62nd St
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-689-2600


Emotions Anonymous
PO Box 4225
St Paul, MN 55104-0245
Phone: 612-647-9712
Fax: 612-647-1593
Web site:


International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred)
2017-D Renard Ct
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-268-0044
Fax: 443-782-0739
Web site:

Mental Health America
(Formerly National Mental Health Association)
2000 N. Beauregard St, 6th floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
Phone: 703-684-7722
Fax: 703-684-5968
Toll-free phone: 800-969-6642
TTY line: 800-433-5959
Web site:

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
2107 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
Phone: 703-524-7600
Fax: 703-524-9094
TDD: 703-516-7227
Help line: 800-950-NAMI (6264)
Web site:

National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
730 N. Franklin St, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610-7224
Toll-free phone: 800-826-3632
Fax: 312-642-7243
Web site:

National Foundation for Depressive Illness, Inc.
Toll-free phone: 800-829-8284
Web site:


1. Broadhead WE, Blazer DG, George LK, Tse CK. Depression, disability days, and days lost from work in a prospective epidemiologic survey. JAMA. 1990;264:2524-2528.
2. Robins LN, Regier DA, eds. Psychiatric Disorders in America, the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study. New York: The Free Press; 1990.