It is normal to go through periods of feeling down, but any persistent symptoms that last more than a few days may be diagnosed by your GP as depression. It is a real illness, and isn’t a sign of weakness, or something that can be ‘snapped out of’ by ‘pulling yourself together’.

It is important to seek help from your GP if you think you may be depressed.

Once you are diagnosed, your GP can advise you on the right treatment programme for you, including self-help remedies that might be beneficial, such as relaxation or talking therapies, exercise, reducing alcohol, stopping smoking or eating more healthily.

We can also help you, with the support of your GP with self-help therapeutic support that includes, talking, relaxation, basic nutrition, stopping smoking, health and exercise.