10 Ways to Beat the Blues?

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Charities
are calling for a nationwide campaign to help promote mental health
after a survey suggested more people are growing anxious. But what
sort of advice might be offered?

Blame a long
winter, blame media fixations with bad news, blame the credit crunch
and the thought of looming global depression – Britons are more
fearful than they were 10 years ago, the Mental Health Foundation
says. And more people are suffering from anxiety, which can lead
to depression.

The foundation
wants a "mental health promotion campaign that shows individuals
how to look after their own mental health".

But what might
that involve? We asked mental health professionals for some simple
suggestions.

1. Lightboxes

The effect
of long winters, some say, can be shortened with the use of lightboxes,
which deliver a dose of bright light similar to daylight to alleviate
seasonal depression.

“Certainly,
there’s enough people in the two hemispheres who say ‘thank God
it’s summer, I feel so much better’, and that may be because it’s
light, or to do with heat,” says Phillip Hodson, a fellow of the
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. “A lot of
people swear by lightboxes.”

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April
16, 2009

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