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Sharing a problem with someone else or with a group can give you support and anÂ insight into your own depression. Research shows that talking can help people recover from depression and cope better with stress.
You may not feel comfortable about discussing your mental health and sharing your distress with others. If so, writing about how you feel or expressing your emotions through poetry or art are other ways to help your mood.
HereÂ is a list of depression self-helpÂ groups and information on how to access them.
Read more about how talking to other people can help you to cope with depression.
It may be tempting to smoke or drink to make you feel better.Â Cigarettes andÂ boozeÂ may seem to help at first,Â but they make things worse in the long run.
Be extra cautious with cannabis.Â You might see it as harmless, but research hasÂ revealed a strong link between cannabis use and mental illness, including depression.
The evidence shows that if you smoke cannabis you:
If your depression is caused by working too much or is affecting your ability to do your job, you may need time off to recover. However, there is evidence that taking prolonged time off work can make depression worse.Â There's also quite a lot of evidence that going back to work can help you recover from depression.
Read more about returning to work after having mental health issues.
It's importantÂ to avoid too much stress, and this includes work-related stress. If you're employed, you may be able to work shorter hours or work in a more flexible way, particularly if job pressuresÂ seem to trigger your symptoms. Under the Equality Act (2010) all employers must make reasonable adjustments to make the employment of people with disabilities possible. This can include people with a diagnosis of mental illness.
Read more aboutÂ how to beatÂ stress at work.
If youÂ can't work as a result of your depression, you may be eligible forÂ a range of benefits, depending on your circumstances. These include:
It's not just the person withÂ depression who isÂ affected by their illness. The peopleÂ close to them areÂ too.
If you're caring for someone with depression,Â your relationship with them and family life in general can become strained.Â You may feel at a loss as to what to do. Finding a support group and talking to others in a similar situation might help.
If you're having relationship or marriage difficulties, it might help to contact a relationship counsellor who can talk things through with you and your partner.
In this video, a relationship counsellor explains what couples therapy involves and who it can help.
Men are less likely to ask for help than women and areÂ also more likely toÂ turn toÂ alcohol or drugs when depressed.
Read more aboutÂ caring for someone with depression.
Losing someone close to you canÂ be a trigger for your depression.
When someone you love dies,Â the emotional blow can be so powerful thatÂ you feel it's impossible to ever recover. However, with time and the right help and support, it is possible to start living your life again.
Find out more with these videos and articles allÂ about how to cope with bereavement.
The majority ofÂ suicideÂ cases are linked with mental disorders, andÂ most of them are triggered by severe depression.
Warning signs that someone with depressionÂ may beÂ considering suicide are:
If you are feeling suicidal or areÂ in the crisis of depression, contact your GP as soon as possible. They will be able to help you.
If you see any of the above warning signs:
If you feel there is an immediate danger, stay with the person or have someone else stay with them, and remove all available meansÂ of committingÂ suicide, such as medication. Over-the-counter drugs such as painkillers can be just as dangerous as prescription medication. Also, remove sharp objects and poisonous household chemicals such as bleach.
Read more about how you can stop someone with depression committing suicide.
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