Practical Ways To Help A Friend With Depression

Practical Ways to Help a Friend with Depression

Depression can be an incredibly isolating illness. When we’re depressed, it can be hard for us to speak to our friends. We worry about bringing them down, feel awkward and embarrassed, and don’t know how to explain how we’re feeling.  We may try and isolate ourselves, as it seems easier than maintaining a friendship – a friendship…

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10 Subtle Signs We Could Be Living With Depression

10 Subtle Signs We Could Be Living With Depression

Signs of depression aren’t always obvious.  Many of us who live with depression are able to mask it from the world: we can seem “normal” from the outside even though inwardly we’re struggling to cope. Sometimes, we might not even realise we’re depressed. Depression manifests itself differently with different people, and there are many different signs and…

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A Letter To Parents Who Have Depression

A Letter To Parents Who Have Depression

Dear Parent Who Has Depression, You are not alone. One in six adults in the UK has a mental health problem. 4-10% of the UK population experience depression at some point in their life time. You’re definitely not the only parent to have depression. You are not alone. Your depression is not your fault. You didn’t…

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13 Symptoms Of Depression We Never Talk About

13 Symptoms of Depression We Never Talk About

Living with depression can give us a whole range of symptoms. Some are quite well known, such as low mood, sleep difficulties, and limited energy. Other symptoms are less well-known, or less talked about. Our depression may bring symptoms that we find embarrassing. Because of the silence around them, we might feel as though we’re the…

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Depression: Coping With Disrupted Sleep

Depression Coping With Disrupted Sleep

Disrupted sleep is a common side effect of depression. It can cause us to sleep too much or too little. Sometimes it can mean that we wake up during the night. There are some things we can try to help improve our sleep patterns. However if poor sleep is significantly affecting our lives, it’s something we…

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Our ‘All at Sea’ BuddyBox – The Reaction

All At Sea BuddyBox

Life isn’t all smooth sailing. Sometimes we find ourselves all at sea – with stormy thoughts, a foggy head and a foreboding overwhelmedness that make it hard to stay afloat. We designed our ‘All at Sea’ BuddyBox care package to help keep us on an even keel. Inside the box we have a range of sea-themed treats….

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Depression: We Don’t Need To Be Ashamed

Depression - We Don't Need to be Ashamed

Depression often comes with feelings of embarrassment and shame. Sometimes these feelings come from ourselves; sometimes they’re put on us by other people. Unfortunately, some stigma surrounding mental illness remains. But we shouldn’t have to feel ashamed. Depression is an illness, not an embarrassing habit. We Are Not Alone Depression affects more than 300 million people worldwide….

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Depression: Coping With A Fear Of The Dentist

Depression Coping With a Fear of the Dentist

One in four people have a fear of the dentist. If we worry about dental appointments, it’s something we are absolutely not alone in. But depression can make the problem worse.  Because we struggle with self-care, we might not look after our teeth as well as we should, which can cause our fear of the…

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Depression: Coping With Medication Side Effects

Depression Coping With Medication Side Effects

Medication can be a helpful tool in managing depression. The medication – or medications – our doctor prescribes us will vary from person to person. It’s always important to take medication as prescribed. As with all medications, there is a risk we will experience side effects. Most are manageable – but in some occasions people do react badly…

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Depression: How And When To Ask For Help

Depression How and When to Ask for Help

Depression can be a very lonely and isolating illness. Getting support from others can help keep us going. However, it can be hard to know when to reach out for help, and how to go about asking for it. In this post we offer some advice about reaching out. When To Reach Out The NHS say that…

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