Depression Alliance launches this year’s Depression Awareness Week

The word ‘depression’ is often used to describe everyday feelings of low mood which can affect us all from time to time. Feeling sad or fed up is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting, stressful or difficult; those feelings will usually pass.

However, as the Depression Alliance website points out, if you are affected by depression, you are not ‘just’ sad or upset. You have an illness which means that intense feeling of persistent sadness, helplessness and hopelessness are accompanied by physical effects such as sleeplessness, a loss of energy, or physical aches and pains. Unfortunately depression affects a great deal of carers as they struggle with the challenges of their caring role.

Held every year in April, Depression Awareness Week™ is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and try to end the stigma associated with depression. This year’s Depression Awareness Week is 18th – 24th April, when events will be held across the countryFurther information can be found at www.depressionalliance.org

Other useful information about depression can be found on the Journeys website: www.journeysonline.org.uk  Journeys is an organisation based in Wales, whose sole purpose is to offer support and understanding to people affected by depression, their friends, families and carers through training, publications and forums, also self-help groups in many towns and cities, including Cardiff.

If you care for a relative or friend with dementia living in the Vale of Glamorgan, you are eligible for the Crossroads Care free counselling service, and also the carers’ social and support groups. Further details of these services can be found on this website. Talking about your situation may be the first step to coping with your situation, however distressed or overwhelmed you may feel.