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²gether NHS Foundation Trust is supporting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) campaign to encourage people to seek support and help when experiencing depression.

Recently released figures from the WHO show that, globally, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability. According to the latest estimates, more than 300million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18 per cent between 2005 and 2015.

Friday 7 April is World Health Day and this year the focus is on encouraging people to seek help and support if they are experiencing depression.

Professor Jane Melton, Director of Integration and Engagement, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “These figures highlight why it is so important that we work to reduce the stigma around mental health, so that those who are experiencing depression, and other mental health issues, feel they are able to speak openly about their experiences and seek the help and support they need.

“It is time that we were able to be as open about experiencing mental ill health as we are about any physical health problems.

“Small steps, such as asking someone how they are and really listening to their answer, can benefit the person as well as go some way to reduce the stigma around mental ill health. We’d   like to encourage people to give this some thought and take action, not only on World Health Day, but every day.”

Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. While most people go through periods of feeling down, when you are depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.

With the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery. Treatment for depression usually involves a combination of self-help, talking therapy and medicines.

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing depression, there are a number of ways you can get help:

  • You can self-refer to ²gether’s Let’s Talk service, in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, by calling 0800 073 2200 or by visiting talkghc.nhs.uk/refer-yourself
  • Visit your GP, who will be able to advise you on the treatments available and refer you to relevant services

More information about depression is available on ²gether’s website, at https://www.ghc.nhs.uk/conditions/depression/