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People who suffer with depression often try to hide the symptoms from close family and friends and it is vital to recognise the early signs. There are a wide variety of organisations that can help people with depression, as well as their family and friends.

The Matthew Elvidge Trust (TMET) can't provide advice about personal situations. However,if you, or anyone you know, is feeling depressed, it is most important that you seek professional help quickly. We have listed below a number of organisations, who are able to provide help and support, but their services are intended to supplement and not replace professional advice through your GP and other services provided by the National Health Service.

The Matthew Elvidge Trust (TMET) doesn't recommend or endorse any particular organisation and can't guarantee that the organisation will have a solution to your particular problem; however, we do hope that they will be able to provide the right support for your situation.

 

NHS Direct

NHS Direct
Telephone: 0845 46 47 or 0845 46 47 647
(if calling from somewhere with a switchboard)
A 24-hour nurse-led help line giving information on all health matters, national organisations and counselling services.
Website: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

Samaritans

Call: 116 123 from the UK and Northern Ireland
Email support: jo@samaritans.org
Write to: Chris, PO Box 90 90, Stirling, FK8 2SA
New text service: 07725 90 90 90
Website: http://www.samaritans.org.uk

Samaritans provides confidential emotional support, 24 hours a day for people, who are experiencing feelings of distress and despair, including those which may lead to suicide. You don't have to be suicidal to call them, as they are there to listen if you're worried about something, feel upset or confused…or just want to talk to someone. If you find it impossible to talk to someone about your problems, then don't worry, just email jo@samaritans.org

In addition to the telephone lines and confidential email service, numerous local branches offer face to face support and, to find your local branch, please visit the local branch section of the Samaritans webiste.

Students against Depression Website

Website: http://www.studentdepression.org/

The Students against Depression website site was developed in consultation with students, who have been affected by depression, low mood or suicidal thoughts. Many of their stories and suggestions are included on the site.

No two people have exactly the same experience. No single strategy offers a 'miracle cure' to banish depression. This site aims to provide balanced and well-researched discussion about a wide range of perspectives on depression. The individual site user should choose what strategies are useful for his or her own circumstances. The suggestions given on this site must not be seen as a substitute for professional help.

Health Talkonline

Tel: 01865 744209 (for office enquiries)
Email: Info@healthtalkonline.org
 Website: http://www.healthtalkonline.org/

Healthtalkonline is the award-winning website of the DIPEx charity and replaces the website formerly at dipex.org. Healthtalkonline lets you share in more than 2,000 people's experiences of health and illness. You can watch or listen to videos of the interviews, read about people's experiences and find reliable information about conditions, treatment choices and support.
 
The information on Healthtalkonline is based on qualitative research into patient experiences, led by experts at the University of Oxford. These personal stories of health and illness will enable patients, families and healthcare professionals to benefit from the experiences of others.

Beating the Blues

http://www.beatingtheblues.co.uk/
Beating the Blues is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and has been proven to help people suffering with mild and moderate depression to get better and stay better.

It is a way of helping people to learn to cope with anxiety and depression and has been recommended for use in the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Beating the Blues brings all the benefits of CBT  to you by the use of computer and multi-media technology, which means that you can access the treatment when and where you want. This type of therapy is referred to as Computerised CBT (CCBT).
Independent Research has shown that CCBT works for many people with depression and anxiety by teaching practical, lifelong skills to help them feel better and stay better.

 

Papyrus

Papyrus is the UK national charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.

 It provides advice on suicide prevention through its website at:
 http://www.papyrus-uk.org

Moodscope

Moodscope is an online support that helps you to measure your mood every day by visiting the website and logging in with your email address. It’s best to do this at the same time each day and the early morning works really well.
The mood measuring is very straightforward. You will be shown twenty double sided playing cards, each of which represents an emotion like ‘alert’ or ‘nervous’. The cards will be shown in a different order every day, so the test feels fresh every time you take it.
Having taken the test, you’ll receive your Moodscope score: a percentage between 0 and 100, indicating how happy or sad you are. 100% is very happy, while 0% suggests that your spirits are extremely low. Moodscope stores your scores every day, and plots them on a line graph so you can track your ups and downs as time goes by. The graph also shows your all-time average, as well as the highest and lowest levels you’ve ever reached.
You’ll track your own mood with Moodscope, but perhaps the best bit is being able to nominate someone - or more than one person if you like - to act as a ‘buddy’ for you. Each day when you’ve taken the test, Moodscope will automatically email your score to your buddies, along with a link to your graph so they can follow your progress. A buddy could be a trusted friend or colleague. They could be a partner or relative. They might even be a counsellor or therapist.
If you would like to sign up for free, please visit Moodscope.com. 
http://www.moodscope.com/login

Living Life to the Full

Living Life to the Full is a website based course that aims to provide access to high quality, practical and user friendly training for life.
The course content teaches key knowledge in how to tackle and respond to a wide variety of issues/demands, which we all meet in our everyday lives. This may include anxiety and depression.
The course tackles a number of issues including:

  • understanding why we feel like we do
  • practical problem solving skills
  • anxiety control training
  • noticing, responding to and changing unhelpful negative thoughts
  • using medication effectively

Self help courses can be a really helpful way of teaching life skills and of tackling problems such as distress, anxiety and depression.

http://www.llttf.com

  

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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