People with depression are being encouraged to seek help.
Depression is a common, but potentially serious illness, which can have a big impact on people’s lives. However, there are many sources of support available, and no one need suffer in silence.
Alison Sedgewick-Taylor, of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Let’s Talk service, said: “Many of us feel sad or down from time to time, but depression is a medical condition that can have a major impact on daily life.
“When you are depressed, you may feel extreme sadness for a long time, and these feelings can be very debilitating.
“Depression may make you withdrawn, make you less productive at work, damage your relationships with your friends and family and generally make you feel life is not worthwhile.
“Physical symptoms of depression also include changes in appetite, disturbed sleep patterns and unexplained aches and pains.
“However, there are lots of sources of support and many ways in which people with depression can be helped to overcome their illness.
“No one should suffer alone with this condition and I’d encourage anyone who feels they may be depressed to seek help.”
If you believe you are suffering from depression you should firstly visit your GP for advice. You may then be referred on to an organisation like ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.
If you live in Gloucestershire you can also access support directly through our Let’s Talk service. The service website (http://www.letstalk²gether.nhs.uk/) includes self help material, as well as a questionnaire where you can see whether or not you are depressed.
Let’s Talk also runs courses around the county, helping to improve general mental wellbeing. Ring Let’s Talk on 0800 073 2200.
April 15 to 21 is national Depression Awareness Week, which is organised by the Depression Allicance. http://www.depressionalliance.org/