We aim to help tackle the issue of depression in young people by:
  • Helping people understand the importance of good emotional wellbeing and mental health including:
  • the skills to keep healthy and the signs and symptoms of being unwell
  • the skills to cope with difficult periods, the resilience to recover and the confidence to ask for help

Matthew Elvidge was a bright, energetic and caring young man, who had everything to live for and yet, aged 23, he took his own life after a very short period of depression. He was due to start his first job in insurance on September 21st 2009, after graduating from Newcastle University and died just one day before. He was part of a large family and had a wide circle of friends from school, university, trips to China and Africa, as well as Yateley Hockey Club and Explore Learning, his last employer. Their affection for him was shown at his Thanksgiving Service on September 25th, when over 450 people gathered in St John’s Church, Hartley Wintney to remember

Matt for what he was….a wonderful young man, who cared for others before himself and had so much to live for. Matthew was depressed for a short period and, as is so common, his family and friends were not fully aware of the depth of his depression and how to help. We have therefore set up The Matthew Elvidge Trust (TMET)  to help others who are, or may be, in a similar situation. We are doing this by increasing the awareness of depression and other mental health issues and encouraging and helping young people to ask for and receieve the right professional help.

The warning signs of depression:

  • Changes in mood

    Changes in mood

  • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

    Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

  • Difficulty in making decisions

    Difficulty in making decisions

  • Irregular Sleep

    Irregular Sleep

  • Decreased Energy

    Decreased Energy

  • Tearfulness

    Tearfulness

  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness

    Feelings of guilt and worthlessness

  • Restlessness

    Restlessness

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

    Thoughts of death or suicide

  • Appetite and weight loss

    Appetite and weight loss

  • Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood

    Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia

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