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Help with depression and anxiety - Birmingham Healthy Minds

Dealing with depression

Depression is a very common problem and many people feel low or down in the dumps at times. This is often because of life stresses such as bereavement, money or housing problems or difficulties in relationships, but for some people the problem becomes much worse and normal life itself becomes difficult.

What is depression?

Depression is a very common problem. Many people will at some time experience symptoms of depression. In its mildest form depression does not stop us from leading a normal life, but the most severe depression can be life threatening, with thoughts of death and suicide.

How do I access the service?

You don't have to cope alone. You can access the service and start dealing with depression by clicking the button below and submitting your details

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What causes depression?

No single cause for depression has been found. Usually there is more than one reason and this differs from person to person. Sometimes depression can happen without any obvious reason. As we have already mentioned, distressing events can make someone start to feel low and at times this may turn into a more serious depression from which it is difficult to emerge.

Circumstances can play a part. So, for example, being alone, having to live on a very low income, physical illness and unemployment can all contribute to symptoms of depression.


Alternatively, you can refer yourself by calling our service on 0121 301 2525.

We will be able to answer your call between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.  Please be patient as telephone lines can become very busy due to high demand on our service.

You can also text 'BHM' to 60777 and we will call you back*. 

Alternatively, your GP can refer you to us by sending us your details and you can ask your GP to notify us of any special requirements in accessing our service, for example if English is not your first language and you require an interpreter.

If you require further information please visit our links page.

* By texting us on 60777, you are agreeing for Birmingham Healthy Minds to contact you (who are part of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust) to receive further information on our service. This will cost you the price of a standard rate text message.