I resisted taking meds for my depression for years, but ended up taking an older style anti depressant for nerve pain, and that helped my depression as well.
I feel much better and my relationships are better for it too. It also helped me work out that not all drugs are bad and some drugs are helpful.
But...the bottom line is no one can make you take meds if you don't want to, Justin
There's a number of alternative treatments around...light boxes, herbal medicine, diet, meditation, acupuncture
I have no experience of them but if you're reluctant to go meds maybe they're worth a looksee.