Depression is common.

According to NHS Digital, in England one in six people report experiencing a mental health problem such as anxiety and depression in any given week.

Many of those affected are men.

Depression can be caused by different influences, including genetics and environment. It can cause physical, mental and emotional symptoms and it can range from mild to debilitating – the bottom line is that it affects people in different ways.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, mental health practitioners and campaigners have shared their top tips for tackling feeling hopeless, anxious, worried, or helpless. 

Expert advice is easily available if you are living with depression and work in the City

There is a wealth of information online about depression, its causes, symptoms and treatments, including on the NHS website.

If you think you are suffering from undiagnosed depression, speak to your GP about the range of talking therapies that are now available, as well as medication if you need it. Expert advice is easily available if you are living with depression and work in the City. 

To find out more, visit cityoflondon.gov.uk/releasethepressure

Business healthy by the City of London Corporation

Dragon Café in the City

Dragon Café in the City is a pop-up, drop-in centre for City workers feeling the pressure of day-to-day life or work. The café offers a wide range of free and non-conventional activities designed to boost resilience, enhance coping strategies and tackle common mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety, head on.

Activities on offer include therapy sessions, yoga, 15-minute massage, Tai Chi and mindfulness. The programme is designed to tap into creativity and offer a break from the hustle and bustle of the City. There’s no need to pre-register, people can drop in as and when it suits them. Dragon Café in the City is in Shoe Lane Library (Little New Street, EC4A 3JR) and is open from noon until late.

For more information, visit dragoncafeinthecity.com

Wear a green ribbon

The green ribbon campaign is a visual display of support for ending the stigma around mental health, particularly talking about it in a workplace setting. First developed by PwC, the campaign has spread throughout the City, Canary Wharf and beyond, with a huge number of businesses handing out thousands of green ribbons to their staff to coincide with this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14-18 May).

Wearing a green ribbon signifies a person is open to talking about mental health and supports co-workers who may be struggling. The aim is to make talking about poor mental health as normal as talking about a broken limb. Many iconic buildings will also be lit up green during the awareness week to draw attention to mental health.

If you’d like a green ribbon, visit thelordmayorsappeal.org/a-healthy-city/the-green-ribbon

Seek advice from an expert

For anyone feeling worried about money issues, relationships, a job, or something else, the City Advice service is there to listen and help. City Advice is free, run by expert advisors and offers confidential, impartial advice to help those working in the Square Mile to manage their everyday problems.

Issues covered by City Advice include debt, legal issues, employment rights, consumer rights, family and relationship problems and more.

For more information, visit toynbeehall.org.uk/city-advice-surgeries