Originally Answered: Psychiatric Service Dog?
Your parents are doing a very dangerous thing! When someone is depressed, they need love and understanding and they need the person that they go to, to help them, not try to brush it off. When the person you do go to tries to downplay your feelings it hurts so much more because it becomes frustrating and that adds further stress. Some kids feel they have no one to turn to and then they committ suicide. You are doing the right thing by speaking about your depression, rather than denying it, like your parents are. Don't even think of suicide, because you can get better! We can't choose our parents and we can't make them the kind understanding type of parents that we all dream of, so we then have to do our own thing and go to someone else.
I have to say that sometimes in some instances our thinking can cause us to feel depressed. For example, if someone is cruel to us and says cruel things, if we think that we are what they say we are, then we will feel depressed, but if we know that we aren't what they say we are and that we are good then their attacks won't hurt us because our thinking is correct. If our thinking is wrong and we believe what they say, then it will hurt us. So to a certain extent, a person can be helped from depression by changing their thinking. This is called Cognitive Behavior Therapy. It is very helpful... but, sometimes we need it in conjunction with anti-depressants, other times CBT helps by itself. A psychologist or psychiatrist trained in CBT therapy is very helpful. It's not easy to snap out of it like your parents try to make it sound, it takes effort and guidance to change your thinking.
But, aside from that, sometimes having a pet can help someone out of mild depression. Pets, dogs especially, are amazing at boosting people's moods. They also can help people get out more because dogs enjoy walks so much and thrive better having regular walks. It helps to take care of something else too, to help us take our focus off our own feelings of depression. It might not be necessary to get a psychiatric service dog, but just getting a dog, if you will love it to pieces, can help a great deal. It has to be the right kind of dog too. I love Bichon Frises and they are often used as therapy dogs to help others, like those in nursing homes, to cheer up. Don't get me wrong though. This is helpful if you have only "the blues", just feeling kind of sad and bored. If you have a deeper depression, then along with taking on a pet to care for and love, treatment should still be sought out by a psychologist.
I do think that having a close relationship with God can help too. The way to have a close relationship with God is to learn more about Him by reading the Bible regularly and praying to Him and expressing your deepest feelings to Him. Knowing that we have a Creator that loves us, can help us to feel somewhat happier. We still need physical companionship though because we were made as physical beings, so along with spiritual, we need friends on earth, and people who understand, and even animals to love and care for.
I feel very bad for you that your parents are not being supportive. Not that they are being that way because they are bad people, but that they are in denial. I really hope that you talk to someone else and that you get help because we don't have to live through depression. Take it from me, you can overcome depression. I have. I used to have terrible deep major depression. I was on antidepressants and I received Cognitive Behavior Therapy and it worked! I was only on antidepressants for about a year during therapy and never had to be on them again. Of course everyone is different, and responds to treatment differently, but I just want to give hope that a person really can come out of a depressive state and you can be happy again!
Originally Answered: Psychiatric Service Dog?
It might be possible for you to get a service dog, but I believe that you need to have some evidence of a mental disease or disorder before you could get one from an agency. I have a seizure alert and assist dog that I trained myself ( the Americans with Disability Act does not require the dog to be trained by an outside agency, although if you are not a proficient dog trainer, you would need to get a dog through an agency).
The first problem I see is that you need to see a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist and be diagnosed and begin receiving treatment. You don't say how old you are, but I assume you are in school. I suggest that you go to your school counselor and tell the counselor that you are depressed, have suicidal thought, etc., and yet your parents refuse to take you to a counselor. So, ask the counselor for help in getting seen by a doctor. Your parents not giving you necessary medical treatment (including mental health treatment) may constitute child abuse, something the counselor is required by law to report.
After you've been in treatment, you can ask the treating physician or other doctor if they believe a dog would help you. That's when you get in touch with the helping dog agencies. So, you have a long way to go. Don't give up.
I am sorry you are so unhappy. I hope you will go and speak to your counselor or another adult that you trust very soon, Good luck!