How can I help myself?
There are lots of things that people find helpful, such as:
- Talking to friends, family, staff or helpers about how you are feeling.
- Trying to eat well – regular, healthy meals
- Trying to do some exercise – there’s good evidence that physical activity helps depression.
- Reconnecting with activities that were once pleasurable, like hobbies
- Self-soothing – try writing positive statements about yourself. Treat yourself to a warm bath or a nice meal.
How other people can help you
Depending on the nature of depression, there are a range of recommended treatments if self-help is not enough.
Talking therapies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and counselling.
There are around 30 different types of anti-depressant medications which may be prescribed on their own or alongside talking therapy.
Some people really benefit from support groups for depression, these are available in several parts of the UK.
Exploring Depression: Online Resource
Our free online course explores the topic of depression, the most common mental health condition that can affect people of all ages. It looks at the causes and common symptoms of depression as well as the different types that people can experience. It also looks at living with depression, how it is treated and how to find further help and support if you or someone you know needs it.
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