We are passionate sailors; we do not claim to be medical experts in any way, shape or form. It is our strong recommendation that if you or someone you know needs help, you should seek help from professionals such as the Northport VA Medical Center. Some of the information on this site was provided by the VA.
We use sailing as a therapy platform. We invite wounded veterans on our sailboats and share our experiences with them. These veterans are not tourists, they are part of our team and many of them continue sailing to become skippers themselves. Some of the veterans we take on-board are healthy and others are suffering from depression, PTSD, brain injuries and so much more. The purpose of this page is to share information with our community at large.
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a couple of days. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Depression is a common but serious illness, and most who experience it need treatment to get better. The good news is that depression, even the most severe cases, is a highly treatable disorder.
You may be wondering if you have symptoms of Depression. One way of determining that is to take a brief confidential and anonymous screen. Only you will see the results of the brief screen. None of the results are stored or sent anywhere. You can choose to print a copy of the results for your own records or to give to your physician or a mental health professional.
If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please call the Veterans Crisis line 1-800-273-8255, press 1 or visit their website at www.veteranscrisisline.net/.
Articles & Fact Sheets
- What is Major Depression?: A VA Fact Sheet providing information on: basic facts, symptoms, treatments, and information for families (2011).
- Depression After Brain Injury: A guide for patients and their caregivers from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
- Depression: A detailed booklet with information on symptoms, causes, treatments, getting help and coping (2007).
- Depression (Easy to Read): An easy-to-read booklet that explains what depression is, how long it lasts and how to get help (2007).
- Older Adults and Depression: A brief statistical fact sheet on depression and suicide in older adults, with information on treatments and suicide prevention (2003).