Could you spot the signs of depression in yourself or someone you know?
Today marks the start of Depression Awareness Week, aimed at shedding a light on the issue.
Depression Alliance is currently raising funds for its Friend in Need appeal to establish a new website service to help combat the loneliness that often accompanies mental illness.
It’s hoped that the service, which will put people in touch with others living in their area, will be launched before the end of the year.
Psychiatrist Professor Chris Thompson stresses that social treatment is incredibly important to a person’s recovery.
‘What the Depression Alliance is saying with a Friend in Need is that what’s missed in the treatment of depression is the support that people need – they need a friend as well as treatment.’
Meanwhile, the Alliance says if you’ve experienced four or more of the following symptoms nearly every day for more than two weeks, you should seek help:
· Tiredness and loss of energy
· Persistent sadness
· Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem
· Difficulty concentrating
· Inability to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting
· Undue feelings of guilt or worthlessness
· Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
· Sleeping problems
· Avoiding other people
· Finding it hard to function at work/school
· Loss of appetite/sex drive
· Physical aches and pains
· Thinking about suicide and death or self-harm
For more information on depression, visit depressionalliance.org