It’s depression awareness week in the UK. The Depression Alliance hosts the week-long effort to make people more aware of the facts about depression, one of the most common mental health issues facing people in the UK and around the world.
They host the week in an effort to try and end the stigma and prejudice associated with depression. They say you can help “by raising awareness, holding a fundraiser, donating or joining Depression Alliance.” You can also share your story with them on their website.
Depression is the feeling of being sad all the time for no reason, having no hope for the future, being unable to enjoy things in life you used to enjoy (friends, hobbies, etc.), and is often accompanied by problems sleeping, feeling lethargic, and taking no pleasure in anything (specific depression symptoms). It is a complex disorder — not a pure disease — that has significant underlying biological, psychological and social components in most people who have it.
Feeling more aware yet? Good, then we’re half-way there.
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