Depression is a real illness, it is not a sign of weakness or something you can ‘snap out of’ by ‘pulling yourself together’.

When to see a GP:

It is important to seek medical attention from your GP if you think you may be depressed.

Many people wait a long time before they seek help for depression, but it is best not to delay. The sooner you see a GP the sooner you can start the road to recovery.

Depression is fairly common affecting around 0ne in ten people during their lifetime.

What causes Depression?

Sometimes there’s a trigger for depression, usually a life changing event such as loss of a family member or losing your job.

Those who have a family history of depression are more likely to experience it themselves. However, depression can occur for no apparent reason.

Living with Depression:

Many people who live with Depression benefit from making lifestyle changes such as exercising more, eating healthily, quitting smoking or stopping drinking alcohol.