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Our mental wellbeing is just as important as our physical. It’s easy to dismiss feeling down or being forgetful as being ‘all in your mind’. If you or someone you care for has symptoms of depression or is increasingly forgetful tell someone about it.
A staggering 20% of people in the UK suffer from some form of depression. This is not just feeling sad or upset, but an intense feeling of persistent sadness, helplessness and hopelessness often accompanied by physical effects such as sleeplessness, a loss of energy, or physical aches and pains.
This is a term used to describe various different brain disorders that have in common a loss of brain function that is usually progressive and eventually severe.
Did you know:
• there are currently 750,000 people with dementia in the UK
• there are over 16,000 younger people with dementia in the UK
• there are over 11,500 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups in the UK
If you have any concerns about possible depression or dementia talk to your GP.
Here are details of some organisations that may be able to help you: