Depression is more than simply a low mood: it causes mental anguish, impacts on our ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, and can cause us to function poorly in work, education and socially. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.
If you suffer from depression, or wish to know more about the condition, this page contains some resources that may help you.
At Blurt, we’re always harping on about self-care. We understand how important it is, but also how tricky it can be. Self-care isn't selfish, it's essential. We can't do or be all the things we want to without taking care of ourselves.
On this page we share information and resources to help you on your self-care journey. We hope it inspires you to make positive change. Because - whatever your head may say - you *are* worthy, and you do deserve better.
Supporting someone who has depression is far from easy. You may feel helpless, confused, and struggle to know what to do for the best.
Because we understand how difficult it is to support someone with depression, AND because we know how much you are needed as a guiding light, we’ve put together some handy information with you in mind. We hope it will help you as you help others.
Depression is an insidious illness. At its very worst, it can take lives. Every year, more than 800,000 people of all ages and walks of life die by suicide. Up to 25 times as many people make suicide attempts, and countless more experience suicidal thoughts. Depression is very often a factor in these cases.
In this resource page we hope to build awareness and understanding about what it can be like to live with suicidal feelings. We also provide resources and information that may help in crisis situations.
While we can’t necessarily keep depression at bay, we can take steps to improve our mental well-being. Our health isn’t binary (it’s not just “good” or “bad”), and there are things we can do to nudge ourselves up the sliding scale of wellness.
At Blurt, we refer to these positive actions collectively as our ‘Mental Health Toolkit’. Used regularly, our Mental Health Toolkit can help us manage our condition, reduce the severity of our symptoms, and boost our overall well-being.