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Depression: Let's Talk

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Friday 7th April

Today is World Health Day which marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. The theme this year is depression.

Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth. Depression can affect your every day work and family life and even lead to self-harm and suicide.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, in 2014 19.7% of people in the UK aged 16 or over showed symptoms of anxiety or depression, and depression was the second leading cause of years lived with a disability worldwide, behind lower back pain.

Let’s Talk

If you’re feeling this way don’t feel alone! Many people with depression feel a reluctance to seek help, and the WHO wants to push to break the stigma and get people talking about depression!

Talking about depression is a vital component of recovery. Whether to a friend, family member or healthcare professional. It is the first vital step to recovery. Feel supported by the people around you who are willing to help and care!

Take that first step and talk with people you trust and seek professional help when available.

If you are worried about someone with depression make it clear that you want to help, listen without judgement and offer support.

Top Tips If Your Feeling Down

- Talk to someone you trust about how your feeling

- If you think you are depressed seek help with a professional. Your GP or a healthcare worker is a good place to start for support. The Samaritans also have a 24 hour helpline for people who are experiencing feelings of despair or feel like they can’t cope who you can contact on 116 123.

- Stay connected and in regular contact with family and friends

- Continue with day-day activities you enjoy and don’t let your feelings stop you. Self care is important as is making time for the things that make you feel good!

- Eat well and at regular intervals

- Ensure you are getting an adequate amount of sleep at least 6-8 hours per day

- Exercise regularly if you can. Exercise is vital for your health and helps release lots of happy hormones – endorphins. Even if it’s just a short walk!

- Don’t be so hard on yourself! Sometimes we put too much unnecessary pressure on ourselves which does not help Sit back and reflect on the good and focus on what motivates you

- Remember you can get better, you are not alone and there are people who can help you

For more information on their campaign and self-help in tackling depression visit the World Health Organization website.

Sources

The World Health Organization - www.who.int/
The Samaritans – www.samaritans.org

2 Join the Conversation

  1. Christine Quinton says
    Apr 17, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Good advice. Easier said than done. There is help out there.

  2. janis says
    Apr 18, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    Hi christine Yes easier said then done quite right. There is help but you have to look for it (not easy if you are not well) and the NHS is severely undermanned and no beds when it comes to mental health issues. Quite a sorry state in this country.

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