If you are depressed or low: you are not a failure – and you are not alone!
Mental health in the UK – some recent findings
- One in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year
- The most common mental disorders in UK are mixed anxiety and depression is the in Britain
- At any time about 10% of children have a mental health problem
- Between 8-12% of the population experience depression in any year.
- One in five of older people are affected by depression
- The UK has one of the highest rates of self-harm in Europe
Maybe you have always felt that it was weak to allow yourself to become depressed, but this is as unreasonable as feeling it would be weak to ‘allow yourself to have a heart attack or a broken leg!’ Anyone can be ‘tipped over the edge’, however strong, however much they have coped with in the past, there can still be that ‘one last straw’! It is not a disaster although it often feels like it. Your GP will probably be your first call, and he or she may well suggest that you seek a ‘talking therapy’.
It often helps to be able to talk through how you feel over a period of time to help to to make sense of this illness and to discover what has impacted on you to get you to this point. Healing and change often come about as you gradually find out and deal with the things that have triggered your low mood levels.
I have worked for over 30 years with people who are depressed or anxious, supporting them as they move back into healthy ways to thinking and reacting. I would be happy to meet with you if you are ready to talk about your issues and work through to resolution.