Down or Depressed
One in four of us will experience these problems, ranging from a bout of ‘the blues’ to very serious conditions indeed.
Many people try to cope with their feelings of being down and depressed by themselves, ashamed of admitting they need help in a way they would never do if they had a physical illness such as asthma or diabetes.
Mental health problems have been seen as something to keep quiet about, to be viewed as a dreadful secret. Rubbish! Hiding them away, trying to deny them and not talk about the, is the opposite of what you should do.
Attitudes are changing now. We all understand how stress can affect us both physically and mentally and more and more people are willing to admit to what is happening to them and find some help.
- Buy a calendar and some coloured stars (like at school.) Keep a record of your moods with them e.g gold = good day, blue = bad day. When I looked back at my calendar I realised life was not as bad as the depression made me think it was.
- Fact – adding exercise (brisk walking, for instances or whatever you like) to your depression treatment will help to get better more quickly. It’s been proved, it does work.
- For families and friends – if you think someone you care about is down, give them a house plant to look after. If they care for it well, it’s an indication they’re ok, but if they start to neglect it and it’s looking sad, you’ll be able to spot the slide they’re going into. Might sound funny, but again, it works.
Where to go for Help
Britain’s leading mental health charity. A confidential call of MindinfoLine can provide information of your nearest mind association.
Mind info Line 0845 766 0163
Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm
The Samaritans offer 24 hour, seven-days-a-week listening ear for those in despair or distress.
08457 90 90 90
Monday-Sunday 24 hours
Sane offers support or information for anybody affected by a mental health problem, including carers, families and friends.
08457 67 8000