DEPRESSION can affect anyone – not matter what age or gender – and this has been brought to the forefront by the shocking death of Hollywood star Robin Williams.
However, the stigma that goes with mental health problems and the varying symptoms can lead to people not seeking the help they need.
Changes, in Carter Street, supports people in Uttoxeter with their battle and helps them deal with the day-to-day symptoms, offering immediate support and ways to move forward.
Steve Simmonds said: "In the depths of depression I felt my life was helpless, hopeless, pointless and over. The feeling of isolation was overwhelming.
"Changes creates a friendly, supportive, non-judgemental environment to be yourself and work with others in a similar position."
Members agreed those first steps to getting help were the hardest but after visiting a doctor and going for assessments, it could be months before getting referred for help.
Lindsay Green said: "The most frustrating thing is people saying what have you got to be depressed about. But all logic goes with depression. Here you can just open up and they don't look at you in horror as if you want to end it all."
John Clarke said it is the fact you cannot see the symptoms which causes a problem for most people.
Now the group is urging anyone who is feeling alone and like they are not coping to get in touch, where they will be met by those who know what they are going through and can help find a way of living with depression.
More information on Changes is available by dropping in, visiting www.Changes.org.uk or calling 01889 567436.