Help is Out There for Those Feeling Down – 15/04/09

A mental health trust in the Black Country is urging Dudley and Walsall residents who are persistently feeling low in mood to seek the correct help and support.

Staff at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) say there is a range of services available to residents who are feeling depressed.

The Trust is raising awareness of the condition ahead of national Depression Awareness Week which starts on April 20.

Depression is a common illness which will affect one in five people during their lifetime.

The main symptoms for depression are persistently feeling low or hopeless and a loss of interest or pleasure in doing things.

Other symptoms include feeling tired, low energy levels, sleep disturbance, a change in appetite, poor concentration, agitation, decreased libido, low self-confidence, suicidal thoughts and self blame.

Kerry Baggott, clinical nurse specialist at the Trust, said help was available for people who were experiencing the signs of depression.

“It is normal for people to feel sad or down sometimes, depression is when these feelings don’t go away and start affecting people’s everyday lives,” she said.

“Depression is as common an illness as asthma and people who are experiencing the symptoms should seek help in order to get themselves on the road to recovery.

“A range of treatments are available and can be tailored to suit the individual’s needs. 

“People who think they might be suffering from depression should go and see their GP who will be able to advise them on the avenues of help and support available.”

Treatment for depression can involve a range of different approaches including self-help, exercise, counselling, psychological therapies and medication.