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Lanarkshire wants to "highlight" the "important issue" of depression

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 15:18 GMT on Friday, 26th April, 2013.
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LANARKSHIRE was warned last week to be aware of the signs leading up to depression. 

The plea came from the Lanarkshire wide Collaborative Themes Working Group (CTWG) which consists of a host of agencies including NHS Lanarkshire, North and South Lanarkshire Councils, Lanarkshire Alcohol Drug Partnership (ADP), ChooseLife, the Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, the Lanarkshire Recovery Network and the voluntary and community sectors, during Depression Awareness Week, between 15th and 21st April.

Commenting, Eleanor McDermott, development officer (North) for the Lanarkshire ADP, and chair of the CTWG said the partnership wants to “highlight” the “important issue” of the signs and symptoms of depression.

She said: “We as a collaborative partnership want to highlight this important issue as depression not only impacts on the person affected but – if not addressed properly – can impact on the person’s family, friends, neighbours and their wider community.

The aim of the CTWG partnership is outlined as being to ensure better joint working across closely related health and wellbeing campaigns and topics such as Suicide Prevention Week, the Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Mental Health Awareness Week, World AIDS Day, and Alcohol Awareness Week rather than work in isolation.


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The partnership’s Depression Awareness Week plea is inspired by statistics which demonstrate how one in four people can be affected with a mental illness at some point in their lives and, a potential one in five can suffer from depression at some point.

“That’s why all the partners in the CTWG feel it is in all our interests to work together to highlight this, help remove the stigma of depression as well as help people get the best level of support and help they need,” Ms. McDermott added.

Lanarkshire has a host of support and help services aimed at those who are feeling low or depressed ranging from leaflets and self-help reading material in many public buildings such as community centres, health centres and libraries as well as online, to counselling services.

If you are feeling depressed or know of someone who is feeling depressed call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 or visit http://www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk/bspace/CCC_FirstPage.jsp

To find out more on mental health services in Lanarkshire visit http://www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/HealthyLiving/MentalHealth/Pages/default.aspx or elament, a Lanarkshire focused mental health website at http://www.elament.org.uk/ 
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