Mental Health Awareness Week: Depression

Mental Health Awareness Week: Depression

Depression is hard, debilitating, and more common than you might feel. Depression causes people to experience low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of numbness, of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or loss of appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

Depression is a complex condition, and its causes are not fully understood, however, various contributing factors can trigger depression. These can include biological factors (for example, genetics) and psychological or social factors, such as experiences dating back to childhood, unemployment, bereavement, or life-changing events such as pregnancy.

DISCOVER: “It’s okay to not be okay” – a letter from our CEO

A big part of understanding any mental illness is accepting the knowledge that it’s not you, but something chemical you’ve been assigned to carry around your entire life.

 

HELP AND SUPPORT:

Take this NHS assessment quiz to define your symptoms

What does depression feel like?

Keeping a mood diary, and other self-care tips!

Top tips for living with depression

 

Thinking Personnel support

Whatever our age, background or role in life, from time to time we all have problems, whether emotional, legal, financial or work related. Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is here to support and all employees have access to the Trust wellbeing portal which offers unlimited access to information, advice and emotional support on a number of wellbeing subjects. For more information, visit www.my-eap.com/login, with username: TSATwell

You can also access the 24 hour a day 365 days a year counselling support phone line on 0800 1116 387.

Our HR Team are always here to help if you have any queries or concerns, or if you just need some general advice. They can also signpost you to the appropriate support services if you are struggling.