What is depression?
Depression is a feeling of very low mood that lasts for a long time and affects your day to day life. It can cause feelings of despair, guilt, worthlessness, lack of motivation and exhaustion. Depression can affect your self-esteem, sleep, appetite, sex drive and physical health.
People with mild depression are able to lead a normal life, but everything seems harder to do and feels less worthwhile. People with severe depression can feel suicidal.
Depression affects people in many different ways causing a wide variety of psychological, physical and social symptoms. It often develops gradually with many people not recognising the symptoms at first.
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Feeling anxious or worried
- Continuous low mood or sadness
- Low self-esteem
- Feeling tearful
- Feeling guilt-ridden
- Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
- Finding it difficult to make decisions
- Having no motivation or interest in things
- Not getting any enjoyment out of life
- Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
- Lack of energy
- Disturbed sleep – you might find it difficult to fall asleep at night or wake up very early in the morning
- Changes in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Avoiding social situations and having less contact with friends
- Stopping or neglecting your hobbies and interests
- Having difficulties in your home, work or family life
- Mild depression – has some impact on your daily life
- Moderate depression – has a significant impact on your daily life
- Severe depression – makes it almost impossible to get through daily life and may lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviour
How can I help someone?
It can be very upsetting to see a friend or loved one suffering from depression. You may feel there is nothing you can do, but remember, you don’t need to provide solutions. Being there to provide support and small everyday actions can make a big difference.
- Listen – let them know you care and are there to listen to how they are feeling and what they are going through.
- Ask – ask how you can help, in whatever small ways you can.
- Support – accept them as they are, without judgement.
- Talk – stay in touch regularly, whether by texting, phoning or messaging.
- Look after yourself – it can be stressful and exhausting supporting someone through mental health difficulties. Look after your own wellbeing to ensure you have the energy, time and distance you need to be able to help them.
Find local depression support around Doncaster
We are talking groups for men because… You’ve either been through a storm, currently going through a storm or have a storm brewing in your life. We meet every Monday night, except bank Holidays, at 7pm.
All that anyone wanting to attend needs to do is email us.
Tel: 01302 812190
Doncaster Mind is a local charity that provides support for people experiencing mental health difficulties. They aim to support personal wellbeing and recovery by providing information and guidance, courses, peer support groups, counselling and befriending services.
Tel: 01302 565650
The Doncaster Talking Shop offers a warm and friendly environment for people aged 18 and over who present with no risk to themselves or others.
The service sees people experiencing common mental health problems, including: depression, general anxiety, stress, panic, phobias, social anxiety, low self-esteem, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement and mild eating disorders (not anorexia nervosa).
Tel: 01302 618507
The People Focused Group (PFG) is about peer support: people helping people, making everyone’s life better. The PFG hold sessions every week day and organise activities, support, learning opportunities and social events. Their main focus is to give people the tools and support to maintain their own wellness and make friends while doing so.
Everyone is welcome, pop in for a cuppa. Sessions are held:
Monday – Thursday (9am – 4pm)
Friday (9am – 2pm)
A 24/7 service providing assessments to identify the most appropriate needs and services to support individuals.
Out of hours RDaSH
Doncaster – Freephone: 0800 804 8999
Rotherham – Freephone: 0800 652 9571
North Lincolnshire – Freephone: 0800 015 0211
One of the trained call handlers will signpost you to the most appropriate service depending on your level of need. This may include your out of hours GP, a voluntary organisation or our Access/Crisis Team.
Hard of hearing? Deaf? Text phone service
For anyone unable to use the standard telephone line, ie hard of hearing, we also have a text phone service. Numbers to text are:
- North Lincolnshire – 07918 372894
- Rotherham – 07974 603610
- Doncaster – 07967 793815
National support organisations
See what national support is available for depression.
NHS provides information on 5 steps that you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
Young Minds has lots of tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
The NHS website has contact information for a number of mental health helplines.
Tel: 0800 138 1619 (24-hour Helpline, 365 days a year)
Text: 07537 404719
Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. Helping former servicemen and women with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The service provides confidential advice and support to veterans and their families.
Catch It – learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression.
distrACT gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
HealthUnlocked is the world’s largest social network for health. Find and connect with people with a similar health condition.