Wednesday 10th October 2012 was World Mental Health Day and Apex Health + Social Care commemorated the occasion by inviting staff on their training courses to take part in discussions about stigma, mental illness and mental well-being.
Working in the healthcare industry means coming into regular contact with a range of diseases and disabilities which can manifest in patients in a multitude of different ways. World Mental Health Day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services.
This year the theme for the day was “Depression: A Global Crisis” and staff on training were asked to think about a number of situations that involved working with clients who suffered with depression.
Depression is a difficult mental disorder to live with and can be grouped into three severities; mild, moderate and severe. Mild depression can be treated by non-specialist primary healthcare professionals, however moderate and severe depression requires specialised skills to provide therapy treatments alongside medication options.
There may not be an obvious catalyst to begin a sufferer’s depression. Many factors such as upsetting or stressful life events, poor health, a history of mental illness or stress can trigger symptoms, however depression can commonly arise without any noticeable reason or cause.
In vulnerable people with a poor health history, depression needs to be made aware of and monitored due to the adverse effects it can have on recovery times and other health issues. As noted in the above infographic, people with depression are four times more likely to suffer a heart attack than those without. This sort of knowledge can help healthcare professionals to provide adequate support for clients and patients who they suspect may be suffering.
For more information on depression or World Health Day, visit the World Health Organisation’ s official website.
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