Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

If you live in Gloucestershire or Herefordshire and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is affecting your everyday life, we can help. Find out more about the services we offer below.

What is seasonal affective disorder?

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression which is affected by the seasons. Symptoms tend to be more severe in winter.

Getting help

If your mood is affecting your daily life, you should seek help as soon as possible.

Let’s talk can help

Let’s Talk is our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. We offer guidance, courses and talking therapies that give you the skills and techniques to manage difficult days, lift your mood and improve your overall wellbeing.

It is a free service and is there to listen, help and suggest the best way forward for you.

How to access Let’s Talk

You can refer yourself to Let’s Talk by calling 0800 073 2200, or you can ask you GP to refer you.
For more information about the support available, please visit the Let's Talk website.

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Treatment options

Treatments for SAD might include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), medication and light therapy. There are also a number of things you can try yourself such as ensuring you get as much natural sunlight as possible, sit near windows when indoors and take plenty of exercise.

Find out more about treatments for SAD on the NHS Choices website.

Our teams and services

Where to find us, and which services can help you.

Information for professionals

Let's Talk is our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service for patients registered with a GP in Gloucestershire.

Patients are able to self-refer; however Primary Health Care Professionals can refer patients to our service on their behalf.

Find out more about referring a patient to Let's Talk on our dedicated website

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Further help and support

Other organisations who can help or who partner with us.

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