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National Depression Awareness Week Motion, 28/04/15 [S]

Motion lodged before the Scottish Parliament on 27 April 2015 by Mark McDonald (SNP) on National Depression Awareness Week. The full text of the motion reads:

That the Parliament welcomes Depression Awareness Week 2015, which runs from 20 April to 26 April; understands that depression is one of the most widely experienced mental health problems and that most people know someone who has experienced the condition; further understands that Action on Depression is a national organisation that works with and for people affected by it; recognises what it sees as the significant contribution that is also made to society by Scotlandís other mental health organisations, which include SAMH, Penumbra and the Mental Health Foundation; believes that more still needs to be done to support people living with depression and to increase awareness of the different types, which include mild to moderate depression, clinical depression, postnatal depression, seasonal affective disorder and bipolar disorder; further believes that increased public awareness and understanding of depression and the impact that it has on peopleís lives will help to tackle stigmatisation, and hopes that the week will be successful in encouraging people to discuss the issues and learn more about depression, get involved with volunteering or fundraising for mental health organisations and be inspired to take the brave step to seek help if they are affected by the condition.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 28 April 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further information

Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 27 April 2015