Help with depression
Depression is both a serious and common mental health problem. However, we do have effective medical and psychological treatments for depression. We recommend a number of resources for people wishing to find out more about depression.
- For symptoms and treatment of depression visit the NARSAD website
- For information, help, and support for people who are depressed visit the Depression Services website
- Also visit the SANE website
- For information on what you can do to help cope with depression and useful information on depression from a UK perspective visit the Royal College of Psychiatrists website
- This is a very helpful summary of useful self-help approaches to depression from the Royal College of Psychiatrists: Help is at hand - (80KB PDF)
- To find the nearest cognitive behavioural therapists to where you live visit the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) website
- Healthline provides a very comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones. For more information the Healthline website.
The following books have proven helpful to many people with depression:
Greenberger, D. & Padesky, C. A. (1995). Mind over mood: Change how you feel by changing the way you think.New York : Guilford.
This guide draws on the authors' experience as clinicians and teachers of cognitive therapy to help clients successfully understand and improve their moods, alter their behaviour, and enhance their relationships. Illustrated with case examples, the book presents the skills for identifying problems, setting goals, and achieving the desired changes.
McDonnell, F. (2003). Threads of hope: Learning to live with depression. A collection of writing.London : Short Books.
This book is a collection of writing by people from all walks of life who have struggled with depression – farmers, politicians, poets, the unemployed, the famous and the non-famous – who share their experiences and offer insights into what made a difference to them.