Men living in south east London experiencing anxiety and depression can receive help from Qwell – the UK’s leading provider of digital mental health support for adults.
Qwell is delivered by Kooth, and is accessible for anyone over 26 in the area, men and women, with no referrals, waiting lists or thresholds to meet.
Dr Nancy Kuchemann, GP and Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Men have mixed anxiety and depression just as often as women, but they are less likely to ask for help.
“They’re also more likely to rely on alcohol or tobacco, even though such ‘self-medication’ is unhelpful and can make matters worse.”
Dr Kuchemann added: “Sometimes depression can be more pronounced at different times of the day – particularly first thing in the morning. That can explain why some men minimise or dismiss their symptoms entirely, feeling they can continue without seeking help.”
The symptoms of depression can vary, but can include:
- Feeling unhappy, miserable, down, depressed. The feeling just won’t go away and can be worse at a particular time of day, often after waking in the morning.
- Not being able to enjoy anything.
- Losing interest in seeing people and lose touch with friends.
- Not being able to concentrate properly.
- Feel guilty.
- Being pessimistic.
- Feeling trapped and hopeless, and perhaps even suicidal.
Other people may notice that you:
- Make mistakes at work or just can’t focus.
- Seem unusually quiet and withdrawn.
- Worry about things more than usual.
- Appear irritable.
- Complain about vague physical problems.
- Stop looking after yourself properly – you don’t shave, wash your hair, look after your clothes.
- Stop looking after your home properly – you stop cooking, don’t tidy, forget to change the sheets on your bed.
But if you’re experiencing mixed anxiety and depression, help is at hand, and there’s no need to suffer in silence.
Qwell is a free and anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service for adults and is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Adults aged over 26 years of age can receive free counselling sessions from qualified counsellors via an online chat-based platform. Chats can either be accessed through a drop-in service or pre-booked sessions from any connected device.
The site is open 24 hours a day and one-to-one counselling sessions with an accredited therapist are available from 12-noon until 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm until 10pm on weekends.
Dr Kuchemann said: “Depression and anxiety affect many people, from all backgrounds. The Covid-19 pandemic has given many men in south east London extra worries and concerns, which have added to the numbers needing support.
“If you feel that you need help, please get in contact with Qwell, which is commissioned by the NHS. By talking the first step, you can go on to lead a happier and healthier life.”