THE South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is getting behind Depression Awareness Week by encouraging people to seek help if they are experiencing problems.

The week, which runs until tomorrow, is an annual event organised by the Depression Alliance to raise awareness about the realities of the condition.

The trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services to Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, is encouraging anyone with depression not to suffer in silence and to seek help.

Chairman of the trust, Joyce Catterick, said: “Around one in 10 of us experience depression in any year, but it is a problem that is often overlooked and misunderstood.

“People can feel down for a short time, but sometimes low moods can last longer and can be hard to shake off.

“In these cases it can be increasingly difficult to cope with daily life and it is very important that people seek help.”

They can visit their GP. For more details visit http://www.depressionalliance.org/