People who suffer with depression often try to hide the symptoms from close family and friends and it is vital to recognise the early signs. There are a wide variety of organisations that can help people with depression, as well as their family and friends. One of these is the Matthew Elvidge Trust (TMET).
The Matthew Elvidge Trust aims to do more to increase awareness and understanding, to identify those at risk and encourage young people to seek the right help and to do all they can to reduce and ultimately eliminate the stigma attached to depression and mental health problems.
The Matthew Elvidge Trust can’t provide advice about personal situations. However if you, or anyone you know is feeling depressed, it is most important that you seek professional help quickly.
Suicide is the greatest cause of death amongst young men aged between 16 and 34 in the UK and young men are three times more likely to take their own lives than young women. Suicide invariably results from a period of depression and, despite the continuing increase in suicide rates worldwide, there is still very little research carried out to identify the causes and cures of mental illness.
Matthew Elvidge was a bright, energetic and caring young man, who had everything to live for and yet, aged 23, he took his own life after a very short period of depression. He was due to start his first job in insurance on September 21st 2009, after graduating from Newcastle University and died just one day before. He was part of a large family and had a wide circle of friends from school, university, trips to China and Africa, as well as Yateley Hockey Club and Explore Learning, his last employer. Matthew was depressed for a short period and, as is so common, his family and friends were not fully aware of the depth of his depression and how to help. The Matthew Elvidge Trust was set up to help others who are, or may be, in a similar situation. The trust does this by increasing the awareness of depression and other mental health issues and encouraging and helping young people to ask for and receieve the right professional help.
Mental health is at the centre of a new vision for schools being set out by Childcare Education Minister Sam Gyimah (20 November 2014). One in 10 children has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and the new plans will help make sure young people get vital support when they need it.
The government has also announced it will be working to help schools know how to teach pupils about mental health and banish the stigma which can leave young people with mental health problems feeling isolated. And for the first time, it will set out a blueprint for schools to use when delivering their counselling services, which will be informed by young people and experts to make sure the advice will meet the needs of the people it is intended to support.
Mental health concerns can effect any age and as parents it is important that we know the signs to look out for; changes in mood, irregular sleep patterns, appetite and weight loss being just some of them. Use the Matthew Elvidge Trust warning signs of depression found here – learn them and watch out for them in family and friends, so that they seek and receive help at the earliest opportunity.
For more information about the Matthew Elvidge Trust and how you can help to raise awareness click here.
For information about Post-Natal Depression click here.