Our Training Officer Tim Crossfield, provides some advice for Self Care Week and those affected by SAD.
This is the time of year when nights are drawing in and days are short, most people feel a bit 'down in the dumps' when summer ends and winter begins, but for some the feelings and emotions are much stronger and deeper and are a genuine mental health issue know as: SAD ("Seasonal Affective Disorder")
Depression of any form is a truly miserable experience, where the person often feels that life is not worth living, they cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel and feel a burden to their loved ones and those around them, and where self-harm and even suicide is a very real risk.
However, with SAD there can be, literally, a light at the end of the tunnel; as exposure to simulated daylight using a specialised 'Light Box' has been proven to help lift mood, especially when used in tandem with other medically approved interventions, and it makes good sense to ensure that the person's GP is informed and in approval.
It's one of the many ways that people with mental health issues can be involved in helping themselves and self-caring, using alternative and complementary approaches.