In the lead up to Depression Awareness Week in April, I am raising funds for Depression Alliance (DA), a charity which supports people living with depression.
I’ve directly benefited from DA, and know lots of other people living with depression who can testify to the same.
Back in 2013 when I experienced one of the darkest periods of my life, and tried to end my life, a majority of the support I received was from Depression Alliance and friends I had made through it. Following two hospitalisations, it was that support which helped me through.
1 in 5 people in the UK will experience depression at some point in their lives. That means if you don’t live with depression, chances are someone you know and care about does. More than 70% of recorded suicides are committed by people living with depression. Unfortunately, there still isn’t enough discourse happening around depression, and many people hide their diagnoses due to stigma and misconceptions.
People cannot get the help they need if they have to worry about hiding or about being judged.
Depression Alliance, a leading charity in the UK provides practical support by bringing people together through support groups all across the country and their Friends In Need website, and by raising awareness nationally.
Visit my JustGiving page to donate online or text DEPR77 £5 to 70070 (or a sum of your choice).
All online donations will be entered into a draw for two prizes, a copy of my fantasy novel The Return of the Key, and a gift generously donated by The Rock and Fossil Shop in Durham.
Thanks in advance for giving with a kind heart. Bless you.