Signs and symptoms of depression

• Feeling sad, anxious, irritable or even ‘empty’, hopeless, worthless, helpless, excessive or inappropriate guilt, have suicidal thoughts, loss of interest and pleasure, social withdrawal, sudden change of appetite and body weight, difficulty concentrating, difficulty making decisions, sudden drop in productivity, insomnia at night, substance abuse, rebelliousness, and non-specific physical symptoms, including headaches and stomachaches.

•  Know that depression is treatable with effective psychological and pharmacological treatments, such as psychotherapy, counselling and prescribing of anti-depressant medication.