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Depression is defined as ‘a long lasting low mood disorder, it affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure or take interest in activities’.

According to Mind, the mental health charity, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/#.Wq7XxWrFLIU

If you, a family member or friend are experiencing depression, it can feel lonely and difficult to know where to turn.  I wanted to share a number of resources, articles and websites that you might find helpful, to support both you and those you care about.

Depression Factsheet by Rethink Mental Illness This fact sheet helps demystify some of the facts about Depression and offers an easy to understand description of symptoms, causes of depression and treatments. It may help you if you’re a carer, friend or relative of someone with depression.

The Guardian Website provide an archive of articles that describe experiences of mental health and focus on the stories of people who have navigated depression and who have something to say that might help you and those you care about.  https://www.theguardian.com/society/depression