Relate Taunton and West Somerset says people living with depression may benefit from couple therapy
Relate Taunton and West Somerset, along with Relate in Devon, is using this Blue Monday (Monday 18th January), commonly known as the most depressing day of the year, to highlight the potential benefit of Couple Therapy for Depression for those living with depression.
This comes as new Government statistics show that Couple Therapy for Depression, which focuses on couple relationships to help treat depression, has significantly higher recovery rates (52 per cent) than the most common talking therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (44.8 per cent).
Relate says that people living with depression and in Taunton should have more choice around the kind of talking therapy they are offered by their GP. The relationships charity is the biggest provider of Couple Therapy for Depression within the UK.
Peter Saddington said,
“There’s clear evidence for the link between relationships and mental health with people in troubled relationships three times as likely to experience depression as those who aren’t. Couple Therapy for Depression aims to help couples understand how difficulties in their relationship can contribute to depression.
“It’s great that this service is making such a difference. ‘Blue Monday’ is pointed to as the most depressing day of the year, but for those living with depression any day could be a ‘blue’ day. That’s why we want to make sure that the right support is available, for everyone, all year round, including Couple Therapy for Depression.”
In a speech on Monday 11th January, David Cameron also announced the Mental Health Taskforce report is due to be published in the ‘coming weeks’ and will include further investment and service expansions. This is likely to include an expansion of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
Relate Taunton and West Somerset says that anyone who believes their relationship issues may be contributing to their depression should ask their GP about Couple Therapy for Depression so that they can decide if it is an appropriate option for them. They have also issued general advice for couples where one or both people are affected by depression.
Relate Taunton and West Somerset’s tips for coping with depression in a partner.
Acknowledge to each other that there’s a problem. Partners often worry about burdening one another but talking about an issue such as depression or one person going off sex because of low mood is the first step towards getting help.
Recognise that depression is something that can be worked with. There’s plenty of support out there and it doesn’t have to be this way forever.
Read up on the issue. This will help you to better understand what your partner is going through. Mind’s website is a really useful source of information: www.mind.org.uk.
Talk regularly to your partner about depression. Talking about depression within your couple relationship is the hardest but also the bravest and most effective thing you can do.
Remember it’s about both of you. The person with depression and the partner who doesn’t have depression both have needs and may both need support.
Understand that Depression is not something to be embarrassed about. Depression is a common and recognised condition. Lots of people feel low at some point in their lives.
Reach out to family and friends. It can be tempting to bottle up your feelings but with mental health problems affecting 1 in 4 people, it’s likely there’ll be people you know who’ve been through similar things and can support you.
Speak to your GP. Ask them about different treatment options including Couple Therapy for Depression.
Relate Taunton and West Somerset, along with Relate Exeter and District offers a range of information, advice and counselling services. Call us on 0300 7729681 or visit www.relate-ed.org.co.uk for more information.