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The importance of talking. AWARE respond to the figures released today in Belfast Telegraph that show a rise in antidepressant medication in Northern Ireland.

The importance of talking. AWARE respond to the figures released today in Belfast Telegraph that show a rise in antidepressant medication in Northern Ireland.

Published on Monday, 31 December 2018

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The importance of talking. AWARE respond to the figures released today in Belfast Telegraph that show a rise in antidepressant medication in Northern Ireland.

AWARE, the Depression Charity for Northern Ireland, believes that the rise in use of antidepressants suggests that more people are going to their GP to discuss concerns for their mental health. Whilst this is an important step in a person's recovery, and a sign that as a society we are more open to the conversation on Depression, there is a still a long way to go in ensuring people are receiving adequate treatment.

Karen Collins is the Chief Executive of the Charity and said,

“Depression is currently the leading cause of disability worldwide therefore these figures aren’t surprising. There are other treatment options in the treatment of depression including talking therapies which often compliment antidepressant medication. However, we believe that they may not always be necessary in the first instance and I would urge people to discuss talking therapies with their GP or mental health professional as a form of treatment for depression and anxiety related conditions.

Talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) have been recommended in the treatment of depression. AWARE offers a Living Life to The Full programme across Northern Ireland for people living with depression, anxiety or stress related conditions. It is a programme based on the principals of CBT and has many benefits.

AWARE also offer self-help Support Groups throughout Northern Ireland. The purpose of these groups is to bring together people with depression in a safe space to discuss the illness and learn from other people how they were able to cope with and recover from depression.

For more information about AWARE and the services we offer, including our Living Life to The Full programme and Support Groups, please visit www.aware-ni.org<http://www.aware-ni.org/>

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