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Healthy eating and activity can help people with depression

Healthy eating and activity can help people with depression
13th July 2011

People with mental health problems such as depression can benefit from leading a healthy lifestyle, according to the Depression Alliance.

Research by Platform 51 recently found that one-third of women have taken antidepressants at some point in their lives, while nearly half of these have been on them for five years or more.

Emer O'Neill, chief executive of the Depression Alliance, said a good diet and lifestyle, including eating a lot of fruit and vegetables, are "essential" for dealing with the condition.

"The other thing that we find which is incredibly difficult for people with depression is the loneliness that comes with it," she said.

"One of the things we are really promoting now is to get people linked with other people that have experienced depression."

Ms O'Neill went on to say that anybody who thinks they may have depression should talk to their GP about getting on a treatment plan, which may not necessarily involve antidepressants.

Read about support and personalised care at Barchester care homes for anyone with mental health concerns.