THE BLACK DOG

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We’ve all either suffered or know someone suffering with depression – whether we know it or not.

That’s the thing with this disease, it’s invisible, a bit like Chlamydia, so it can be quite difficult to tell if someone is going through it. And even when we do figure out someone is suffering, it can be quite a difficult disease to tackle and support.

I’ve seen individuals suffer first hand, I’ve witnessed relationships fall apart before my very eyes and I’ve seen the disease steal people from us altogether because they just couldn’t find their peace.

Put simply? Suicide is something that shouldn’t be happening in 2017, especially when we have the resources to help.

I think the problem lies in that we’re all at the stage where we’re happy to raise awareness of mental health issues. We’re happy to talk about why it’s so important to talk about diseases such as depression, anxiety and bipolar, but I’m not sure we really know what to do when we’re struck by it, be it ourselves, a friend or relative. Talking about it is the starting point and we have come so far in breaking the stigma surrounding mental health (thank you, Internet) – but what’s next? What practical advice do we have for how to deal with depression when it creeps in silently and debilitates us slowly?

My Therapy can help.

They have created a FREE app, which you can download to help track your mood, figure out your triggers and set reminders for medication or therapy appointments. In our busy lives, we can forget to take care of ourselves and, quite often, our mind comes after our physical health, haircuts or social lives. I have to confess, I haven’t tried this app in particular, but I have tried ones similar and they’ve really helped me.

If you’d like to know more about depression? Here’s some really interesting advice from the people at My Therapy.

Want to talk to a real person? Contact the Samaritans or chat to me; I love a natter.

Just know, whether you are the patient or the friend, you are not alone.

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