Definition of depression - Depression is an illness that has the potential to cause persistent unhappiness and distress. Sufferers may experience a wide range of negative feelings such as hopelessness, loss of confidence or feelings of guilt. Depression may also manifest itself in other ways. For example, a person may try to avoid others or lose motivation for work or school. In some cases they might experience suicidal tendencies.
Depression can be triggered by upsetting experiences such as a bereavement, relationship breakdown or unemployment. It has the potential to effect anyone, although certain people are more susceptible than others. Registered charity Sane suggest that 1 in 6 people will suffer from depression at some stage in their lives. Although depression counselling can help people to work through their problems, in more serious cases the advice of a GP should be sought.
To receive help, it is very important that the sufferer recognises that they have a problem. This can be quite challenging, especially for men who may see depression as a sign of weakness - this may explain why the majority of people who report the condition are women. There are plenty of resources available for help in coping with depression. Below, we've provided a selection of help-lines and depression support services.
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Coping with depression - helplines
Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90
The well-known charity provides a 24-hour, seven days a week help-line. Telephones are manned by trained people who offer emotional support and help for any kind of issue. All calls are confidential.
Sane Line - 0845 767 8000
Operated by the charity organisation, SANE, this help-line is open 1pm to 11pm everyday and provides depression support and help. All calls are answered by trained volunteers. They also give information and advice about seeking help for depressive illness.
Rethink - 0845 456 0455
Rethink, the leading national mental health membership charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. We provide hope and empowerment through effective services and support to all those who need us and campaign for change through greater awareness and understanding.
A registered charity that works to raise awareness and improve support services for coping with depression. The site contains information about the help and treatment available as well as information about their self-help support group network.
Another important charity organisation here, dedicated to improving awareness about depression. They undertake research into depressive illnesses and provide information and resources to sufferers. Their depression support help-line is available 1pm to 11pm everyday. (see above)