What is depression?

Depression is more than just feeling low for a few days. It is a debilitating, sometimes life-threatening, condition that needs to be taken seriously and dealt with promptly.

According to the NHS, depression affects about one in ten of us at some point.

Sometimes depression 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.

Depression 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 awareness of the importance of looking after our own mental health and that help 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.

CWMT delivers free training at the point of need to support prevention; we also support the training of clinicians in evidence-based psychological therapies.

If you, or someone you know, experience four of these symptoms over a number of weeks, seek professional advice immediately.

Don’t be afraid to ask somebody how they are feeling and do not hesitate to seek help for depression on behalf of yourself or somebody else. Early treatment, especially in young people, can help avoid depression recurring.

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