Depression: Let’s talk
Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life. While we can all feel sad and anxious at times, depression is a health condition that can seriously impact a person’s physical and mental wellbeing.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression is typically characterised by persistent sadness and a loss of interest and ability to carry out one’s day-to-day activities. People with depression may also experience a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
Yet the prevention and treatment of depression can be significantly assisted through talking. For those experiencing depression, talking to someone you trust can be a positive step towards seeking the right treatment and improving your mental health. In general, talking about depression can help to raise awareness and reduce stigmatisation.
“Depression: Let’s talk” is the theme of this year’s World Health Day, taking place on 7 April. In recognition of this day, we have sourced information on helpful ways to approach talking about mental health for individuals experiencing depression and also for concerned friends and family.
Asking for help
Sometimes opening up and asking for help can be one of the most difficult parts of having depression. But being honest and open about what you’re experiencing will help you get the most appropriate treatment for your needs.
There are many credible resources and support networks that you can check out for more information, and for help. Here are just a few:
Talking to a loved one with depression
Witnessing someone you care about experiencing depression can be difficult. Luckily there are lots of ways to approach this kind of conversation, and many support networks to guide you.
For more information on supporting a person with depression, check out the below resources:
Published Date: Apr 03, 2017
Printed from http://www.monashhealth.org/index.php?option=com_page&view=page&id=188669
© Monash Health