Do you or someone you know seem to suffer from depression or mental illness?

Here are some signs to look out for to determine if you need help.

Have you noticed any of these behavioural changes?

  • Withdrawing from friends and family

  • Staying home and not wanting to go out anymore

  • Additional intake of medicine and alcohol.

  • Not accomplishing tasks at home, work or school

  • Increase in sleeping/napping

  • Not enjoying activities

  • Unwillingness to talk

  • Unable to concentrate

Do you physically feel:

  • Tired all the time

  • Lathargic

  • Lazy

  • Butterflies in your belly

  • Run down and sick

  • Headaches

  • Muscle pain

  • Change in appetite

  • Significat weight loss or weight gain

  • Restless at night

Do you have these feelings often:

  • Overwhelmed

  • Underwhelmed

  • Miserable

  • Sad

  • Guilty

  • Irritable

  • Frustrated

  • Lack of confidence

  • Unhappy

  • Sleepy

  • Disappointment

  • Depressed

  • Lonely

Do you often think any of these thoughts:

  • ‘I don’t matter’

  • ‘No-one cares about me.’

  • ‘I can’t get out of bed today.’'I’m a failure.'

  • 'It’s my fault.'

  • 'Nothing good ever happens to me.'

  • 'I’m worthless.'

  • 'Life’s not worth living.'

  • 'People would be better off without me.'

  • ‘I don’t want to see anyone today.’

If you’ve answered yes to most of the above points, you might need to seek help. Legal&Tax offer Trauma Assist, a 24/7 helpline that is dedicated to assisting you in times of need. SMS “trauma” to 31690 and we’ll call you back.

If you or someone you love are thinking about ending your life, call the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567.