Depression is common and up to 1 in 4 people will suffer from it at some point in their lives.
With the exception of high blood pressure, depression is the commonest condition seen by GPs. Sometimes it can be triggered by an event , such as a bereavement or divorce; sometimes it can coexist alongside another long term illness; sometimes there is no obvious trigger.
It is an illness and is treatable, and there is research and evidence that shows what works best. There are two main strategies which the Trusts’ work supports:
- Prevention – delivering training programmes that teach a awareness of the importance of looking after our own mental health and helps people spot the signs of depression and know when to seek help
- Early intervention – rapid access to evidence-based treatment radically improves outcomes, optimises recovery and reduces the risk of relapse
Our charitable objectives seek to deliver training free at the point of need to support prevention and secondly to support the training of clinicians in evidence based psychological therapies.