Self-Management for Depression
Here are a few reminders of the options for self-managing your Depression - please scroll down for more links to Services & Resources.
TALK TO SOMEONE
Talking to someone you trust - a friend or a family member - might seem hard initially, but many find it can help to share their experiences. Just having someone listen to you and show they care, can help you to them feel better.
If you feel unable to speak to someone you know, you could call an online support service such as The Samaritans. See below for details.
The following will likely remain as a work-in-progress - being added to & updated on a regular basis. Please offer your suggestions for inclusion, or nudge me over links which are outdated or broken.
For information on all things Mental Health
For local support, treatment options, advocacy services & mental health problems:
MIND Infoline Tel: 0300 123 3393, Text: 86463, email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Post: Mind Infoline, PO Box 75225, London E15 9FS
Talk to Someone:
SAMARITANS Tel: 116 123
Here's my blog post on the gender split that exists when it comes to feelings.
Talk to a support group:
These are online groups run by the big names. But there will be smaller, local groups. Get recommendations from other online members, check with your local Mind office & your GP's Surgery. If you have a Mental Health First Aider at work, they will also have information on local groups.
Finally, a couple of blog posts you may find helpful: Finding your Tribe and What you get from a Life Coach that you can't get from friends.
Talk to a therapist:
These are the primary governing bodies in the UK for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
The first link below provides information on types of therapy & the second link to their find a therapist service.
You can also refer yourself direct for psychological therapies in England via
Finally, a Blog post on the subject of when you should talk to a professional.
The Calm and Breethe apps (below) both offer sleep stories & soundscapes which aid falling asleep, but a regular bedtime routine is also most beneficial.
Finally, my blog post on How to get good quality sleep offers 16 tips.
Mindfulness & Meditation:
Blog post coming soon. But in the meantime, my blog post about the importance of self knowledge could be useful.
I was given the Vitamin & Mineral profile questionnaire (in the PDF below) many years ago by a Nutritionist. I've found it useful, and regularly re-dc it to check I'm getting the nutrients I need from my diet. If not, this allows me to alter my diet and/or to supplement as needed.
Blog post coming soon.
If you prefer to self-educate:
A great advocate of self-education, you can read why in my blog post on the subject of how Self-Care starts with Education.
MSE's Academy of Money is a free collaboration between Martin Lewis & The Open University providing the skills and knowledge to master your finances.
Reading Well supports the understanding & management of health using helpful reading. Books are all recommended by health experts & those with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered. The link takes you to the mental health specific list, but it is well worth taking the time to browse widely.
TED Talks provide a free library of videos on a vast array of subjects from speakers worldwide. The link takes you to their selection of depression-related videos.