Our Health Bus has stopped off in Rotherham and Doncaster to mark Depression Awareness Week (20 to 26 April).
Shoppers at Rotherham’s Parkgate Retail and Shopping Park on Wednesday 22 April and Doncaster Lakeside Village Shopping Outlet, White Rose Way on Friday 24 April were able to visit the bus between 10am and 3pm, when staff from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s (RDaSH) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Services were on board to raise awareness of the condition – and the treatment available locally.
“Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by “pulling yourself together”.IAPT Service Manager for RDaSH Jim MacDonald said: “Depression is one of the most common conditions. It’s more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days – when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.
“The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.”