Health chiefs in Erewash urge ‘Get help if you are depressed’

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People with depression are being encouraged by health leaders from NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group to seek help.

Those with depression complain of problems including; feeling sad, tiredness, poor concentration, sleep disturbance and changes in appetite.

Many people recognise when they are depressed but often people think their symptoms are due to a physical illness, for example if they can’t sleep.

Dr Avi Bhatia, chair of NHS Erewash CCG, said: “Depression is different for everyone but, just like any other illness, it can get better with the right help and support. There are many different ways of managing depression. If you think you might be depressed, the advice is to talk about how you are feeling to friends or your family. There are many things you can do, without needing professional help, such as maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, not drinking too much alcohol, socialising and taking up a hobby.

“If the problem persists, make an appointment to see your GP.”

In Erewash, people can refer themselves to one of five Talking Therapy services which can help manage symptoms of depression or low mood, and anxiety difficulties such as stress and panic.