Maria Popova at Brainpickings.org writes about Tim Ferriss's autobiographical account of an attempted suicide and living with depression. The entire article is worth reading, and here are a few highlights.
He has a few recommendations to deal with depression.
One is to make a “non-suicide vow” with a friend. He writes:
Another is to. "Go to the gym and move for at least 30 minutes. For me, this is 80% of the battle."
While he knows he will deal with depressive episodes throughout his life, he believes the key is building "fires - the routines, habits, relationships, and coping mechanisms you build - to help you to look at the rain and see fertilizer instead of a flood. If you want the lushest green of life (and you do), the gray is part of the natural cycle."