Depression and anxiety
What is depression and anxiety?
Depression (feelings of extreme sadness and low mood) is common. About 15% of people will have a major bout of depression at some point in their lives and it is the fourth most common cause of disability worldwide. Depression can last for a long time, often interfering with your daily life. It can last for days, weeks, months or even years.
Anxiety is a complex combination of the feeling of fear, apprehension and worry. It can also bring about physical sensations such as palpitations, chest pain and/or shortness of breath. A chronically recurring case of anxiety that has a serious effect on your life would be clinically diagnosed as an anxiety disorder.
How can I manage my depression and and/or anxiety?
You might find that you suffer from depression and/or anxiety if you suffer from other medical conditions. It is important that you control your illness with any medication prescribed by your doctor, however you might benefit from:
- Support groups - attending groups focusing on depression and anxiety might help you to share your experiences with others in the same position as you
- Psychological treatments - these can be in the form of counselling or behaviour therapy
- Relaxing - calm yourself by using a relaxation technique. This will help your body to renew its energy and your mind to feel calm and refreshed
- Diet and exercise - a healthy diet gives you all the essential nutrients you need and by exercising regularly you will have more energy to cope with your difficulties
- Talking to your GP, practice nurse or health trainer about how else you can help your self
Local support and information
Batley Self-help Depression GroupWe run a varied programme throughout the week. Please contact for more details.
For more information, contact:
Chief Executive Officer
Batley Resource Centre ,
90 Commercial Street ,
WF17 5DS Tel: 01924 446413
Huddersfield Bipolar Self Help GroupSelf help for people with Bipolar disorder and their carers.
Meetings are on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 7pm to 9pm. Please ring the local contact to check meeting details. Access for wheelchair users may be difficult.
Regional HQ: 0161 838 5667
For more information, contact:
96 Towngate ,
HD4 6JS Tel: 01484 428272
Womenspace - Support for Mental health and well beingA Kirklees Women's mental health and well being service creating a welcome space for women. Womenspace offers drop-in counselling, one-to-one support, group work, self help groups, creative approaches, confidence building, eating disorder groups, pregnancy testing, links to community groups, community building, anger managment, walking groups, information, knowledge and other opportunities.
For more information, contact Womenspace
North Kirklees: 07508 429151
South Kirklees 01484 536272
51 Estate Buildings
Huddersfield HD1 1JY
North Kirklees Carers Support Group - Adult Mental Health
The group caters for relatives and carers of anyone with a long term adult mental health illness. We have regular speakers, with an opportunity to meet other cares on an informal basis. The support group meets on the last Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm.
For more information contact the Carers Support Team on 01924 326598
Support to Recovery (S2R)
Our aim is to promote mental wellbeing and positive mental health. We offer support via one-to-one, small groups, self help workshops, signposting / advice, help with employment / volunteering and social drop-ins. The service is available weekdays and out of hours (evenings and weekends).
For more information
Support to Recovery ,
Revenue Chambers ,
St Peters Street ,
HD1 1DL Tel: 01484 539531 / 01924 485800 (Dewsbury Office)
Fax: 01484 451710