This leaflet is for anyone who is, or has been depressed. We hope it will also be helpful for friends and relatives. It describes what depression feels like, some of the help that is available, how you can help yourself and how to help someone else who is depressed. It also mentions some of the things we don't know about depression. At the end of the leaflet there is a list of other places where you can get further information.
We believe it is important to involve the people who use mental health services and their carers in our work. We want to support them to have their say on the way that services are run, as well as to use their experiences to inform our thinking.
Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. Our vision is to make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination and to inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health.
BiPolar UK is a user led charity working to enable people affected by Bipolar disorder / manic depression to take control of their lives.
The Schizophrenia Association UK
sagb.co.ukThe SAGB was the first Association for schizophrenia to be formed in the UK, was one of the first in the world and now has members all over the world. We are here to offer help to everyone who needs information and support, as a sufferer, a relative, friend of a sufferer, carer or medical worker
SANEline is a national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems.
moodjuice.scot.nhs.ukThe site is designed to offer information, advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions. From the site you are able to print off various self-help guides covering conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic and sleep problems.
Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393
mind.org.ukThe Mind InfoLine offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers.
We are a voluntary charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillisers. No Panic specialises in self-help through telephone recovery groups.
Helpline: 0808 11 11
childline.org.ukChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards . You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone, you can contact ChildLine.
Are you feeling down, depressed or worried? Is your mind full of negative thoughts or questions? Do you want to talk about your mental health? If so, MindFull is the place for you! MindFull is a brilliant new service for 11-17 year olds, providing support, information and advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing; helping you to overcome life's ups and downs and feel confident and happy about who you are. You choose the type of support you receive and, because MindFull is online, you can get it whenever you want it, wherever you are. MindFull is here to help you get better; and we'll also give you tools and tips to help you get through those tough times that may arise in the future. We know that asking for help is not always easy, but MindFull is a safe and trustworthy space where you can choose the right support for you.
The mission of Depression UK is to promote mutual support between individuals affected by or at risk from depression, with the aim of encouraging self help, recovery and personal growth. We believe our members are helped when they share their problems with fellow sufferers, because they understand, better than any non-depressed professional or carer can ever do, what it really feels like to suffer from depression. These members can then share their thoughts, feelings, hopes, disappointments and successes, and in so doing offer mutual support to each other.
Whatever you're going through, we're here to help 24 hours a day. We won't judge you and we won't share what you tell us with anyone else. Get in touch by telephone, email, letter and face to face in the UK andIreland. Visit befrienders.org if you live outside the UK or Ireland.
The Clinic for Dissociative Studies was established in 1998, and is one of the few national centres of specialist expertise in the care and treatment of people with dissociative disorders. The Clinic does not treat patients privately but only via NHS referral, which is usually made by a patient’s GP or an NHS consultant psychiatrist in their local area (see (see Information for patients for more details).
Great Ormond Street Hospital – Dissociative Disorder Factsheet
Dissociative disorders are ones that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity and/or perception. It’s a condition which affects a person’s mental health. A person with a dissociative disorder has an altered sense of reality. They can affect people of all ages. This link is an expert child health factsheet on the causes, symptoms and treatment of Dissociative disorder and where to get help.
PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Disorders)
PODS works to make recovery from dissociative disorders a reality through training, informing and supporting. PODS also provides information and awareness training days/workshops to inform and educate about the reality of living with and recovering from dissociation, trauma and sexual abuse, suitable both for dissociative survivors, their supporters and professionals such as counsellors and psychotherapists, opportunities for survivors, partners and supporters to meet together and provide mutual support, a weekly telephone helpline, ongoing e-mail support, resources such as a magazine, guides and emergency DID information cards and signposting to other organisations.
First Person Plural is the only national survivor-led membership charity in the UK which exclusively works for and on behalf of those affected by dissociative identity disorder (DID), and offers support and information for people who experience complex dissociative distress conditions, their family, friends and professional allies.