Depression

Welcome to our Depression self-help page. Here we explore depression, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family

What is depression?

Everyone has days and times when they feel low, tired and unmotivated; this is usually due to events and circumstances in life and these feelings pass eventually. If these feelings persist and start to negatively impact your life, you may have depression.

At its most severe, this may mean that:

  • you struggle to function and take care of your needs
  • feel worthless and see no meaning in life
  • become isolated and withdrawn
  • find yourself easily overwhelmed with emotions and may use alcohol, other substances or self-harm to numb your emotions. You may also think about ending your life in order to escape how you are feeling
  • you think negatively to the extent that it causes severe distress

What types of Depression are there?

Depression is usually diagnosed according to its severity, so you may be told that yours is mild, moderate or severe. Where applicable, you may also be told that you have a specific form of depression, for example:

  • Dysthymia – this is mild depression which lasts for over 2 years
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – depression which usually occurs in late autumn and winter which is thought to be due to there being a reduced amount of daylight
  • Postnatal Depression – depression following childbirth which usually affects mothers but can affect fathers as well
  • Prenatal Depression – depression experienced prior to childbirth, during pregnancy

The following booklets are great for learning more about Depression, including specific varieties, self-help techniques and where to go for support

What do people who have experienced depression say about it?

Sarah talks about her experience of depression and why she went on TV to discuss it 

 

 

Naomi discusses depression and how drawing is helping her to cope.


 

Andy shares his experience of depression 
  



Rachel talksabout the worst day of her life and her coping strategies one year on 

 

 

Christina talks about her life with depression and how self-help groups really helped her 

 

 

Wayne discusses his depression and how he has found Ecotherapy helped 

 

 

Amy writes about her experience of depression and how talking has made her feel less lonely 

 

 

We offer a range of services to help with Depression. Check out the following pages to see which one is right for you:

Useful Contacts

Hive

Overview: Hive is a community arts charity who deliver arts and crafts courses, workshops and projects from their centre in Shipley and across the Bradford District
Telephone: 01274 598 928
Email: info@hivebradford.org.uk
Website: www.hivebradford.org.uk

First Response

Overview: Support for anyone in a crisis who lives in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven
Telephone: 01274 221 181
Opening Hours: 24/7
Website: www.bdct.nhs.uk/firstresponse

Guide-Line

Overview: Confidential, telephone helpline for anyone who needs support or information
Telephone: 01274 594 594
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm-9pm

Samaritans

Overview: Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope
Telephone: 116 123
Website: www.samaritans.org

Elefriends

Overview: A supportive online community which provides online peer support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem
Website: www.elefriends.org.uk

CALM (Campaign against living miserably)

Overview: Provides listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide
Website: www.thecalmzone.net
Telephone: 0800 58 58 58

Switchboard

Overview: LGBTQ+ helpline providing listening services, information and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities
Telephone: 0300 330 0630
Website: www.switchboard.lgbt

Sane

Overview: Support and information about mental health problems including online support
Telephone: 0300 304 700
Website: www.sane.org.uk

Counselling Directory

Overview: A comprehensive resource offering self-help materials, information regarding counselling and search functionality to assist in finding individuals and organisations which offer counselling
Telephone: 0333 3447 990
Website: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/

NHS Choices – Depression

Overview: Advice and information for anyone with Depression
Website: www.nhs.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care

Overview: Care Bereavement Care provide information and support following the death of someone you know
Telephone: 0844 477 9400
Website: www.cruse.org.uk

NHS Choices – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Overview: Advice and information for those affected by SAD 
Website: www.nhs.uk

SAD Association

Overview: SAD information and support
Website: www.sada.org.uk

The Association for Post Natal Illness

Overview: Support for mothers with postnatal depression
Telephone: 020 7386 0868
Website: www.apni.org

Birth Trauma Association

Overview: Support for women who have experienced traumatic childbirth and their partners
Website: www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk

Family Action

Overview: Provides a range of services to support families, including mental health support
Website: www.family-action.org.uk

The Lullaby Trust

Overview: Information and support for people affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Website: www.lullabytrust.org.uk

The Miscarriage Association

Overview: Support for those affected by miscarriage
Website: www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

MoodGYM

Overview: Free computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression
Website: www.moodgym.anu.edu.au

PANDAS

Overview: Information and support for anyone experience a mental health problem during or following pregnancy
Website: www.pandasfoundation.org.uk

PND & Me

Overview: Online network which brings people together who have experience perinatal mental health problems
Website: www.pndandme.co.uk

Sands

Overview: Stillbirth and neonatal death charity, providing information and support for anyone affected by these issues
Website: www.uk-sands.org

Tommy’s 

Overview: Support and information on pregnancy, including mental health problems
Website: www.tommy.org

Have you checked out our Online Directory? There you will find a vast database of local organisations who offer support and advice across a variety of areas

References

"Depression | Talking About Mental Health - Episode 4". YouTube. N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016

"Postnatal Depression And Perinatal Mental Health | Mind, The Mental Health Charity - Help For Mental Health Problems". Mind.org.uk. N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016

"Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) | Mind, The Mental Health Charity - Help For Mental Health Problems". Mind.org.uk. N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016

"Clinical Depression - NHS Choices". Nhs.uk. N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016

 

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