Mental illness affects somewhere between 1 in 4 to 1 in 6 of us at some point in our lives. Two people die from suicide every day in Scotland.
It is estimated that the economic cost of depression in Scotland is £3.7 billion – this equates to £360 per person, per year.
Action on Depression offer support services to help people with depression but the numbers participating are purely the tip of the iceberg. That's where our campaigning efforts come into play.
Action on Depression's campaigns reach across Scotland
Action on Depression Week Scotland (formerly known as Scottish National Depression Week) is a central part of our calendar of events where for a short period the nation is exposed to a high profile campaign which raises both awareness and much needed funds.
Unfortunately depression amongst young adults is on the increase. 1 in 10 young adults are depressed right now. Action on Depression's Look OK...Feel Crap? campaign is aimed at the 18 - 35 age group.
At the time of our life when we should be enjoying the fruits of a lifetime of hard work, depression sets in for too many people. Getting On, Not Getting Down is our campaign to help people to achieve peace of mind in later life.
Mood Matters aims to make everyone aware that mental health is for everyone. Our mood menu offers choices to help people maintain good mental health.
Action on Depression works with the media
We are always interested in working with the media to raise awareness of issues around depression. Carol Ettershank is our main media contact.
Do you want to know if you have depression, or do you need help now?
Do you recognise depression symptoms in yourself? Action on Depression offers a package of services to treat depression, all of which are geared towards the needs of the individual. Contact us on 0808 802 2020 (Weds 2pm - 4pm) or email Action on Depression and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.