Ahead of mental health awareness week thousands of charities are organising events in order to bring people together and help battle mental health illnesses such as depression.
Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or self worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration.
- Around 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide
- An estimated 1 in 4 people in England will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life.
- At the rate of increase, it will be the 2nd most disabling condition in the world by 2020, behind heart disease.
- Up to 20% of people experience symptoms of depression.
- 10 times more people suffer from major depression now than in 1945
- The average age of first onset of major depression is 25-29
- Up to 80% of suicide deaths are in sufferers of major depression
Teenagers are amongst those who suffer from depression with around 20% expected to be diagnosed with depression or other mental health illnesses. Many people believe that the help available for youngsters with mental health issues is minimal and more needs to be done to help those affected.
I have suffered with depression for 2 years and the help I RECEIVED was minimal
Emily, 21, who wishes to remain anonymous agrees that not enough is done to help those who suffer with depression and stresses the importance of organised charity events as relying on medication alone is not enough.
Charities such as MIND are campaigning to improve services available to those affected and raise awareness and understanding.
Events will take place throughout the week all over the country to raise awareness of the mental health issues people ace and bring people together.
You can visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk for more information on how to get involved