Tips for Managing Severe Depression

Choice Point

Your choice point is the space you’re in right before you make a decision. It’s a term from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and it’s a helpful framework to make decisions that help us prioritize our goals and dreams. It’s a moment where you can pause and connect with your why before you make a decision.

This tool provides a way to quickly identify the source of your biggest problems (and recognise what you are doing that’s making them worse) and plan how to deal with them effectively. It’s a guide to reducing your suffering; a map to take your life in a meaningful direction.

Diaphragmatic breathing is a breathing exercise that helps strengthen your diaphragm, an important muscle that enables you to breathe. This breathing exercise is also sometimes called belly breathing or abdominal breathing.

Diaphragmatic breathing has many benefits that affect your entire body. It’s the basis for almost all meditation or relaxation techniques, which can lower your stress levels, reduce your blood pressure, and regulate other critical bodily processes.


This one pager from Lifeline outlines how grief and loss can impact our mental health and points the reader toward coping strategies and help seeking pathways.

Grief and Loss

This one pager also from Lifeline outlines the grief process and is targeted to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders:

Coping with sorrow, loss and grief