ONE in four people may experience depression or mental health problems during their lifetime.

That was the message from the South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust on World Mental Health Day last week.

The Trust, which runs mental health services in Kirklees, says there is plenty of help and advice available for local people.

An awareness campaign has been launched in GP surgeries, libraries, leisure centres, pharmacies and workplaces.

People with mental health problems are being encouraged to go to their GP and ask for the IAPT team.

That stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies and offers help that is both timely and effective.

Dr Sheila Lewis, consultant clinical psychologist and the Trust’s psychological therapies lead for Kirklees, said: “Many people experience problems with their psychological or mental well being at some point in their lives.

“Life changing events like losing a job, an accident, the loss of a loved one or a traumatic incident can lead to feelings that can be hard to cope with.

“However, it is equally common for people to develop problems for no apparent reason. Problems like mild depression, anxiety, stress, panicking, nervousness, isolation and loss of sleep can make it difficult for us to cope with life’s daily demands.

“We are using World Mental Health Day as an opportunity to remind people that if you feel like you are experiencing these problems you do not need to try and cope on your own.”

The service also offers a free stress course which can be accessed without a GP referral by calling 01484 434625.

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