Self-Management Resources

There are several ways to promote better mental health.

Learn how to help yourself and manage your depression.

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Healthcare Professionals

What you need to know about depression

Depression is a common illness worldwide, with more than 300 million people affected. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. Depression results from a complex interaction of social, psychological and biological factors. (World Health Organization, WHO, 2017).

Depression is an illness that involves not only the mind or brain but the whole body, affecting the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things. It is not a passing, normal, state of mind and it is neither a sign of personal weakness nor a condition that one can "snap out of".

In general, depression can affect anyone: men and women from all backgrounds, in all professions, and at all stages of life. Even people whose lives seem carefree and contented can experience depression.

Depression can be treated. If you think you have depression, seek help.

Information for healthcare professionals

General Practitioners

The first step is to establish whether a patient is experiencing a depressive episode. Depending on the severity of the depressive episode, the best approach is to start a pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy to improve and sustain normal mood.

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As a pharmacist, it is important to be familiar with some facts around depression in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your patients.


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iFightDepression Tool

The iFightDepression tool is an online, guided self-management programme that aims to help individuals with mild to moderate depression to self-manage their symptoms. If your GP or healthcare professional referred you to access to the iFightDepression tool and you have a personal user account, you can log in here:




is an important first step

iFightDepression is a project financed and implemented by: