HEALTHY LIVING: It’s braver to own up to depression and then fight back

Mark Johnson from Chesterfield who has overcome depression
Mark Johnson from Chesterfield who has overcome depression
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FOR Mark Johnson, the final breakdown came on a Monday morning.

n Men account for 75 per cent of suicides in England and Wales, according to the Office of National Statistics.

n Warning signs for depression in others include moody or strange behaviour, and changes in routine - for example, suddenly abandoning an activity they used to enjoy.

n Treatment options for depression can include medication, counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy.

n If a person expresses suicidal feelings, contact a GP or NHS Direct.

n The Samaritans will also provide confidential support and advice. They can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90.