Depression is common and up to 1 in 4 people will suffer from it at some point in their lives.
Depression and anxiety often co-exist and are the commonest mental health problems encountered in primary care. In fact, with the exception of high blood pressure, depression is the commonest condition seen by GPs. It is twice as common in women, though this may be because women are more likely than men to be diagnosed as suffering from depression.
This Trust knows that depression is an illness and is treatable. Effective interventions are available. Best Practice recommends two main strategies based on the extensive policy and research literature. These are:
- Prevention – delivering training programmes that teach a basic awareness of the importance of looking after our own mental health
- Early intervention – rapid access to evidence-based treatment for those who become unwell radically improves outcomes, optimises recovery and reduces the risk of relapse