Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, and affects 264 million people globally / It is characterised by feelings of sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, emptiness or irritability, along with physical symptoms (e.g. disturbed sleep and eating habits, aches and pains) and cognitive symptoms (e.g. poor concentration) that have negative effects on a person’s ability to function in their daily lives / Other symptoms may include: reduced sex drive, feeling hopeless, difficulty completing tasks, feeling tired easily / Depression is not just the feelings of sadness we experience at certain times in our lives for example when faced with grief / Depression is a diagnosable mood disorder that negatively affects how you feel, think and act¬† / If not managed, and at its worst, depression can lead to suicide / Although most depressed people are not suicidal, many suicidal people are depressed / Risk factors for suicide include relationship, family, financial, academic and work problems, a history of mental illness (including depression) and substance misuse, physical illness, hopelessness, loss, aggression, impulsivity and isolation / We all have a role to play in supporting those around us because every 40 seconds someone completes suicide¬† / Make time to ask “are you ok?” if you think someone needs help… You may just save a life by reaching out!