Matlock patients urged to keep in good mental health

HEALTH bosses are urging people in Matlock to follow the example of two top sports stars and seek help if they are suffering from depression.

One in five people will have depression at some point in their lives but as many as three in four cases of depression are neither recognised nor treated – with 6,560 people estimated to have a common mental health disorder such as phobia or anxiety in the Derbyshire Dales alone, or the equivalent of 106 people per 1,000.

People with depression can often feel unable to talk to their family, colleagues and friends about what they’re experiencing and may feel like they have to hide it from those around them.

Now health chiefs from NHS Derbyshire County are encouraging people during Depression Awareness Week, which runs from 22 to 28 April, to open up about their illness and contact their GP so they can start to benefit from the treatment that is available.

The call comes on the back of England rugby star Duncan Bell’s announcement this week that he is to retire from professional rugby at the end of the season after struggling with depression for many years, and the publication of England cricketer Michael Yardy’s emotive story about how the illness led him to withdraw from the 2011 England World Cup Cricket squad last year in the April 2012 edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

Further information about mental illness can be found at www.time-to-change.org.uk or at www.mentalhealthrecovery.com. GPs will also be able to give sufferers or concerned relatives details of local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services in the area.