Turning Point Urges Sufferers to Seek Help During Depression Awareness Week

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Health and social care organisation, Turning Point is urging anyone who is experiencing symptoms of depression to take the first step towards recovery and seek help.

This call comes during Depression Awareness Week (11-17 April) which is held every year by the Depression Alliance in a bid to raise awareness, and try to end the stigma associated with depression.

Zelda Peters, Turning Point's Director for Mental Health said it's vital that mild depression is identified and treated early, before things spiral out of control and have a detrimental impact on a person's quality of life. 

"We all go through low points in our lives and it is not unusual to experience common symptoms of depression such as sleeping problems, difficulty concentrating, feeling helpless and hopless and loss of appetite", she said.

"People shouldn't be afraid to ask for a bit of extra support from time to time, which is why we are encouraging them to go and visit their doctor or contact Turning Point for help directly."  

Ms Peters also said that people are often put off seeking treatment as they feel it won't work.

"Most people think anti-depressants are the answer and for some people they are.  But there are a huge range of treatments beyond this on offer such as psychological therapies which provide effective long term relief," she said.

"The way we can provide support is also changing.  The government's Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme helps people deal with common mental health problems like depression and anxiety and offers a range of ways to access support, such as a telephone counselling service."

Turning Point runs several IAPT services throughout the country using their own Rightsteps model, in partnership with the local NHS providers.  In 2010/11, Turning Point's IAPT services treated over 10,000 people for depression.  Recent research carried out by the London School of Economics into a Turning Point IAPT service found that on average, depression scores of patients receiving treatment from a Rightsteps service improved by 11.6%.