Mental Health Awareness Week – Day 4 – Depression

Depression is the most common mental health condition, it is a mood disorder which will be long lasting and will affect your daily living.
Depression ISN’T when you’ve just had a bad day!! Depression can affect anyone, at any time in their life. Suffering from depression, doesn’t make you weak.

Estimated: 10%-15% of the general population, in their
lifetime will experience

Suicidal Thoughts/ Feelings
Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life. Every individual will experience these thoughts/ feelings differently, it may be a build up over time or after a traumatic event. Sometimes it isn’t always clear why someone feels suicidal.

Key Facts

  • In 2017 there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland.In the UK, men are three times as likely to take their own lives than women.

  • In the Republic of Ireland, men are four times more likely to take their own lives than women.

  • In the UK, the highest suicide rate was for men aged 45-49.

    In the Republic of Ireland, the highest suicide rate was for men aged 25–34 (with an almost identical rate for men aged 45–54). (

If you’re struggling or feeling low, talk to someone. You are not alone!!


  • Genetics

  • Biology– Chemical

  • Imbalance in the brain

  • Hormones

  • Circadian Rhythm

  • Disturbance

  • Physical Health

  • Problems

  • Poor diet/ nutrition

  • Poor sleep

  • Lack of exercise

  • Substance Misuse

  • Stress/ Life

  • Experiences

  • Trauma

  • Grief/ Loss of person, animal or role

  • Bad upbringing/

  • Childhood experiences

  • Other Mental Health conditions

Suffering from depression can be caused differently for everyone of us, it is not always known why someone falls into depression. Individual’s vulnerability to depression will be different and can change throughout life; some research states that experiencing “minor” difficult situations frequently can have a more critical affect on a person, than
someone experiencing one extreme traumatic event. Letting things build up can be very


How you might feel or behave.

  • down, upset or tearful

  • restless, agitated or

  • irritable

  • guilty, worthless and

  • down on yourself

  • empty and numb

  • isolated and unable to

  • relate to other people

  • finding no pleasure in life or things you usually enjoy

  • a sense of unreality

  • no self-confidence or self-esteem

  • hopeless and despairing

  • thoughts to self-harm/ suicidal

  • avoiding social events and activities you

  • usually enjoy

  • self-harming or suicidal behaviour

  • difficulty speaking, thinking clearly or making decisions

  • losing interest in sex/ become promiscuous

  • difficulty remembering or concentrating on things

  • using more tobacco, alcohol or other drugs than usual

  • difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much

  • feeling tired all the time

  • no appetite and losing weight, or eating too much and gaining weight

  • physical aches and pains with no obvious physical cause

  • moving very slowly, or being restless and agitated.

If you constantly have these feelings, for over two week… Seek Help, See your GP!!


How can I help myself?

  • Self Help Resources

  • Talking Therapies

  • Medication

  • Coming off different Medication

  • Alternative therapies- mindfulness, relaxation, peer support, art or pet therapy

  • Crisis Resolution Services

  • Hospital Admission

  • Brain Stimulation- ECT

  • Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

  • Exercise

  • Hobbies/Interests

  • Routine


Anxiety UK
03444 775 774 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–5.30pm)
Big White Wall
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
01455 883 300
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight daily) Webchat (5pm-midnight daily)
Cruse Bereavement Care
0808 808 1677
Depression UK
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
0808 801 0331 
0300 330 0700 (Support Line: 8am to midnight daily)
Papyrus HOPELineUK
0800 068 41 41
07786 209697 (text message service)
116 123 (Freephone)
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
020 7014 9955

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