Charities partner to deliver public talk on cancer and depression
Two of Northern Ireland’s leading charities, Action Cancer and AWARE with support from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in NI have teamed up to share their expertise in order to help and support people with cancer who are also struggling with depression.
The impact of a cancer diagnosis can be traumatic both physically and psychologically, it is therefore not surprising and, very understandable, that the rate of depression amongst cancer patients is high. Together with Action Cancer, AWARE is seeking not only to raise awareness of the correlation between cancer and subsequent depression but to send out the very positive message that depression is an illness that is treatable, preventable and people can recover from it.
The free event is taking place on Wednesday 5 October in Malone House, Belfast. Open to anyone to attend, people with cancer as well as their families and friends are particularly welcome. Registration and refreshments will be from 6:30pm with the two hour event commencing at 7pm. Speaking at the event is Dr Philip Campbell, a forensic Psychiatrist from the South Eastern Trust who is a passionate advocate that the appropriate help is sought to address the mental health issues associated with the receipt of a challenging diagnosis concerning physical health.
Siobhan Doherty, Chief Executive of AWARE said,
“We are absolutely delighted to be working alongside Action Cancer to deliver this public talk to people with a cancer diagnosis that are also suffering from depression.
“Depression in patients with cancer not only affects the patients themselves but also has a major negative impact on their families. We are here to help support cancer patients and their families in any way that we can.”
Gareth Kirk, Chief Executive of Action Cancer said,
“Depression is a co-morbid disabling syndrome that affects approximately 15% to 25% of cancer patients. It is believed to affect men and women with cancer equally. Working with AWARE will allow us to help better support those cancer patients suffering with depression and other mental illness.”
Dr Gerry Lynch, Chair of Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland said:
“It is critically important that appropriate help to address mental health is sought when faced with the natural feelings flowing from a challenging diagnosis concerning physical health. With the high incidence of cancer in Northern Ireland and its understandable association with depression, I enthusiastically welcome this holistic initiative and commend both AWARE and Action Cancer for making it a reality. We in RCPsych in NI are delighted to offer our practical support and assistance.”