Understand Depression Programme

In response to demand we have expanded our range of programmes to include presentations aimed at professionals, carers and family members of those who may be at risk of depression and other mental health problems. This enables participants to be more aware of mental health issues including how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental illness and helps instil confidence to respond in a positive way.

These presentations are as follows:

Understanding Mood and Depression in Young People
Delivered to parents / carers and professionals working with young people.
Explores depression in young people; causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms and recovery.
Equips adults with the knowledge to recognise depression in a young person and the skills to best help them.
Increases confidence in the adult to engage with the young person on the subject of mental health generally, and depression specifically.
Teaches them the importance of the self help strategies.

Understanding Mood and Depression in Later Years
Developed for professionals, family members and carers involved with older people.
Challenges the myth that depression is just part of getting older and can't be avoided
Stresses the importance of activity and provides advice on practical ways to help an older person experiencing depression.
Teaches participants to recognise symptoms of depression and dementia.
Promotes self help strategies.

Understanding Mood and Depression in Adults
Aimed at those who may not experience depression personally but who work with, or care for, vulnerable adults.
Provides an insight into how thoughts, feelings, behaviour and physical health are all affected by depression, and how to recognise this in oneself and other people.
Increases confidence in participants to talk about mental health issues more openly and provides practical advice on how to help others.
Helps participants to recognise their limitations and the importance of looking after their own mental health e.g. by making reasonable adjustments within their work/home environment.
Promotes importance of self help strategies.

Understanding Depression and Mood in Pregnancy
Aimed at midwives, health visitors, family and carers who are in contact with women during and after pregnancy.
Highlights the impact that Mothers poor mental health can have on the unborn child and on his/her development 0-5 years.
Includes a separate presentation called 'Mood Matters in School-Aged Parents'. This deals with the specific pressure on the mental health of young parents.
Increases awareness of the importance of attachment and connection with the child and the impact this has on brain development.
Shows how poor attachment can increase the likelihood of developing poor mental health/illness in adolescence.
Highlights risks, including hidden harm (alcohol/drug related).
Teaches participants what they can do for all family members.
Shows that all care givers have a role to play in the brain development of the child.
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