Are you suffering from situational depression?

October is depression and mental health awareness month. Though these issues are slowly becoming less stigmatised in our society there is still a taboo around mental health disorders and the value in conversing openly about them is still not as prevalent in our homes and workplaces as it should be. Many alienated parents experience situational depression during the trials of family breakdown. Situational and clinical depression are similar but not the same. Recognizing the differences between these types of depression is the first step towards getting help. 

Situational depression is known medically as “adjustment disorder with depressed mood.” It often resolves in time, and talking about the problem can ease the recovery process. This is why the lived experience peer support groups provided by Parents Beyond Breakup are so essential to the parents involved. Connecting with like minded divorced or separated mums and dads in a safe and supportive environment has allowed many parents to recover. 

Situational depression stems from a struggle to come to terms with dramatic life changes. Parents Beyond Breakup recognises that once the individual is able to come to terms with his or her new situation not only is recovery possible but very attainable. The urgency of ensuring help is provided in a timely manner to those experiencing situational depression can be a life or death matter. Many alienated parents may find they have suicidal thoughts or ideation during this extremely traumatic and turbulent time but with the right support are able to push through their darkest periods and find hope on the other side. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with the symptoms below, please reach out for help: 

  • listlessness
  • feelings of hopelessness and sadness
  • sleeping difficulties
  • frequent episodes of crying
  • unfocused anxiety and worry
  • loss of concentration
  • withdrawal from normal activities as well as from family and friends
  • suicidal thoughts

We would always recommend seeking professional help as well as utilising the free resources offered by Parents Beyond Breakup. Here are a few strategies that can help a person reduce the effects of situational depression.

  • joining a peer support group
  • getting regular exercise
  • eating a well-balanced diet
  • keeping to regular sleeping habits
  • talking to loved ones
  • taking up a hobby or leisure activity

Mental health is just as important as our physical health, so it is key to understand the resources available as you seek to improve this aspect of your health and those of your loved ones. Call our helpline 1300 853 437 or visit for more information on how we can support you today.