Depression Awareness Week

This Depression Awareness Week, it has been appropriate to remind ourselves that depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to:

  • Experience depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure
  • Feelings of guilt or low self-worth
  • Disturbed sleep or appetite
  • Low energy, and
  • Poor concentration
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    I have been training on this subject matter for many years; to this day it astounds me this subject is still taboo and heavy with stigma. Why?

    Depression Awareness Week

    Through training and raising awareness I have constantly endeavoured to change negative attitudes towards depression.  Depression is a common condition that many people have to live with – yet, paradoxically, ‘coming out’ can be the best thing for someone with this illness. It can have a powerful influence. If you don’t disclose, then people who might help you aren’t going to be able to.

    So, how can we support people with depression this Depression Awareness Week?

    It really isn’t rocket science, here are my 5 easy steps referred to as CLANG:

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    Support a depressed person to CONNECT not only with themselves but each other, friends family the community

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    Support a depressed person to LEARN new skills – something that will give them a sense of achievement and a new confidence

    Support a depressed person to get ACTIVE –  it’s not just about joining as gym but taking a walk, doing the housework to some favourite music, ride a bike etc.   REMEMBER: mind and body are separate, but what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your wellbeing.

    Support a depressed person to take NOTICE and be more aware of the present moment, including thoughts and feelings, their body and the world around them.

    Support a depressed person to GIVE – giving is all about the greater good.  Even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word.  Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre can be of the most benefit.

    Click here to find out more about how these Five Steps to Wellbeing are relevant to Depression Awareness Week.