Today, 10th October, is the WHO World Mental Health Day.
This year's theme is depression.
Over 350 million people in the world suffer from depression.
A recent MORI survey, reported on the BBC website, found that British workers are the most depressed in Europe.
In its mildest form depression can be feeling low in spirits but it doesn't interfere with normal your everyday life - at least not to any great extent. Depression can make everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe it can be life-threatening with thoughts of suicide.
There are different types of depression, and different reasons why people experience depression. There is no single cause, and different things can trigger depression in different people.
A stressful event such as bereavement, or divorce, or having financial worries, being unemployed or having no job security, can bring on depression.
For some, the beginning of autumn with falling light levels can mean they begin to experience the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.
Some women experience depression after the birth of a baby - post-natal depression. Their hormones return to a non-pregnant state, and can be out of balance for while, coupled with the tiredness that usually comes from the demands of looking after a newborn.
Depression can result from some illnesses - either as part of the illness, or as a result of being diagnosed with an illness.
And depression can be caused by nutritional deficiencies - for instance low levels of vitamin B3, vitamin D or magnesium could lead to depression.
Herbal Medicine has many options for helping people with depression, using safe medicinal plant remedies (some have been in use for over three thousand years).
If you'd like a confidential chat to see how it might help you, give us a call today.
The World Health Organisation produced a short film about the black dog of depression for World Mental Health Day.