Learn about mental health
The more we learn about depression the more likely we are to be able to manage any fears or anxieties we have about the condition.Understanding what’s happening can help us to feel more in control and more positive about recovery, and puts us back in the driving seat. It can help us to explain what’s happening to friends and family, and means we’ll be more informed when discussing treatments with our GP.
Resources to explore
Books on Prescription is a scheme for learning about mental health problems and the different Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques you can try to help you manage your symptoms. It’s based around a reading list of good quality self-help books, so talk to your GP or local library or click here for the reading list. Depression Alliance also has a recommended reading list and a range of user-friendly leaflets, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists publishes a wealth of materials you can access for free.
Learning with others
One of the best ways to learn about depression is through others who’ve been there; experts through experience. Whether it’s with friends, at a group or through our magazine, you’ll always find someone with fresh ideas to try, a good knowledge of local services and a range of experiences and approaches to share.
You’re most likely to benefit from learning about mental health if,
- You put some of your learning in to practice, trying out self help and CBT techniques.
- You learn not just about mental health problems, but more widely around good mental health and the five ways to wellbeing.
- You learn both from experts with professional experience and experts with lived experience.
- You take time away to explore other interests, hobbies and activities.
Try sharing the ideas you’ve learned to help others through their recovery. Doing things for others can help us to feel valued and you might find it inspires you to keep learning.