There is no doubt that dealing with depression is difficult. Unfortunately there is no quick fix but there is a lot of support available. In the UK, around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem and around 1 in 8 people suffer from anxiety and depression specifically. Resources to help people living with depression and anxiety are growing and improving. As the conversation around depression and mental health grows and becomes better understood, these resources improve as do treatment options and availability.
If you are feeling depressed, there are some words of advice that you might benefit from - even if you have heard them before. First, avoid withdrawing socially. Your friends and family are a powerful weapon against feeling low. Make sure you get some exercise. This might feel like the last thing you want to do, but it really is a fast track to feeling better. Avoid over-indulging in junk food, smoking and alcohol. This won't help you in the long term even though you might feel like it now. And here is some advice that is evergreen: get help if you continue to feel low.
We have prepared a list of useful resources below that can help you when you are feeling low.
Hub of Hope
www.sane.org.uk - Helpline: 0300 304 7000