Understanding depression – sorting the myths from the facts

Depression, Suicide

There are lots of myths surrounding depression that make it difficult and confusing to understand.

Myths like “it’s all in your head”, or “it’s not a real illness” present those affected with obstacles to seeking help or support.

The truth is that depression is a serious illness that can happen to any of us for a number of reasons – and not only affects the sufferer but also those close to them.

Symptoms include having difficulty concentrating or remembering things, feeling sad, difficulty sleeping, or even loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities.

Across the UK, around 1 in 10 people are affected by depression each year. In the City, workers are exposed to a huge range of triggers, including prolonged periods of stress, excessive working hours, or even concerns over job security.

Taking a proactive approach to managing your depression requires action, and there are some simple things you can try to cope. From making time for yourself, to getting a good night’s sleep, to accessing counselling or other therapies, BWC has some simple advice on taking action to help you cope.

The Bank Workers Charity exists to support the health and wellbeing of current and former bankers workers and their families. Contact us on 0800 0234 834 or visit www.bwcharity.org.uk.

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