This page is about finding the right solutions for you if you are experiencing depression.

Below you will find:

  • definitions of debilitating conditions, thoughts and feelings.
  • self help tools, resources, useful contact details and links.
  • information regarding external help, useful contact details and links to services and how to access them in Somerset.

What is depression?

Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days.

Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.

NHS – Read more about depression here

Mental Health UK – Read more about depression here

Help with depression

Please find some useful help topics below (please note that we are continually adding to these):

Treatments for depression

Mental Health UKFind out about treatments for depression here

Every Mind Matters has been created by Public Health England, with tips and advice developed with experts and approved by the NHS. It has also been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Every Mind Matters was created to help you manage and maintain your mental health

Find out more here

Urgent support

If you are having thoughts of suicide, are harming yourself or have thought about self-harm, it’s important to tell someone.

Find urgent support in relation to the above here

Need help now?

Useful contacts

Somerset Mindline – Open 24 hours a day, every day and here for you every step of the way. Find more information about MIND Somerset here

Open Mental Health 24/7 Support – Mental health organisations have come together to provide 24/7 support to adults in Somerset.

Whatever is worrying you – anxiety, debt, employment, housing, low mood, addiction etc. Open Mental Health is there to help you.

Open Mental Health provides access to specialist mental health services, housing support, debt and employment advice, volunteering opportunities, community activities and exercise.

24 Hour support line: 01823 276892

Talking therapies, or psychological therapies, are effective and confidential treatments delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners. They can help with common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression.

You can access talking therapies on the NHS.

A GP can refer you, or you can refer yourself directly to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) without a referral from a GP.

Find NHS Talking therapies for information here

Helping someone else

If you know someone struggling with their mental health, there are lots of things you can do. Find out how you can help and support them.