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Help and support

If you're suffering from depression, it's important to make use of the help and support available to you.

If you want to learn more about depression and the treatments available, you may wish to contact Mind. They offer information and support to people with depression and their families through their website, information materials and infoline.

You can also find information about depression on the NHS Choices website in the Health A-Z section.

Your local Age UK may offer a range of services to help you meet new people and learn new skills such as computing. They may also run lunch clubs, arrange social outings and classes to help you keep fit and have volunteers who can visit you at home if you find it difficult to get out.

If you are offering support to a family member with depression it can be both rewarding and stressful. Information is out there which can support carers and enable them to discuss any difficulties they are experiencing. Local carer support groups offer a handy support network.

Carers Direct, Carers UK and the Carers Trust provide information and advice and details of local support groups for carers.

Further information

Carers Direct
Carer Direct helpline: 0300 123 1053

An online and telephone service providing information, advice and support for carers.

Carers Trust
Young carers website:

Carers Trust is a new charity formed in April 2012 by the merger of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care. It provides information, advice and support services for people across the UK caring for a family member or friend at home.

Carers UK
Careline: 0808 808 7777 (freephone)
Carers UK is a membership led national organisation set up by carers for carers.

Mind infoline 0300 123 3393
Mind is the leading mental health charity for England and Wales.

NHS Choices website Health A-Z
Depression information can be found in the Health A-Z section

NICE guidance CG90 explains Treating depression in adults
You can find a patient version of this guidance under the symbol representing a small group and the words "information for the public".

NICE Guidance CG91 explains Treating depression in adults with a long-term physical health problem.
You can find a patient version of this guidance under the symbol representing a small group and the words "information for the public".

Further information


Our Information guides are short and easy to digest, giving a comprehensive overview of the relevant topic. Factsheets are longer with more detail, and are aimed at professionals.

You can download other guides in our series from publications

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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