Depression

Depression is a very common condition that can be triggered by stressful events, or can sometimes appear with no obvious catalyst.

Some symptoms of depression include:

 

  • Constantly feeling down or hopeless 

  • Having little interest in doing things you used to enjoy

  • Feelings of loneliness, guilt and worthlessness

  • Feeling exhausted all the time

  • Not participating in routine activities and hobbies

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions

  • Disrupted sleep patterns 

  • Eating a lot more / or less than usual

  • It is common for people who have depression to also feel anxious

  • Some people with depression may have thoughts of death or suicide
     

You can take a self-test for depression here: https://depression.org.nz/is-it-depression-anxiety/self-test/

If you suspect you may be experiencing depression it is important that you talk to  a  healthcare professional. 
Your  GP is often a good starting point.


Talk  therapy can help you  re - connect with people and activities,  learn techniques to calm your body and brain, challenge unhelpful thinking, develop better coping mechanisms,  and implement problem-solving skills.

Urgent Help

If you think you, or someone you know is at crisis point, urgent help is needed.
Emergency teams (called CATT ) provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week assessment and short-term treatment services for people experiencing a serious mental health crisis.  

     

Akld Central Crisis Team:  0800 800 717

Or  if in immediate danger, call 111