Sadly, health and social policy is determined as much by those who can shout the loudest as by those that can provide objective evidence of need. While there is a compelling case for improving health and social policy for the 10% of us that are affected by depression every year, the nature of the condition and the stigma and discrimination that surround it make it hard for the voice of people with depression to be heard by decision makers.
PSYP is aware that many people with depression would rather not publicly disclose their depression. We are also concerned that those who do choose to disclose their depression often go unsupported. Unfortunately, this often leaves people affected by depression without a voice.
PSYP believes that helping people affected by depression to speak out and be heard is one of the most important activities we can engage in. It is only through campaigning that people will be able to understand the realities of depression; that we will receive fair treatment; that timely and appropriate resources will become available; and that access to resources will be improved.
PSYP meets with decision makers face to face and works with the media. We also provide opportunities for our supporters to do the same, and offer support and encouragement so they feel able to do so. PSYP also encourages and supports people to speak up and be influential through letter writing and email campaigns.
You can add your voice to PSYP campaigns in three ways:
- Become a PSYP Supporter and add your weight to the growing number of people that PSYP is able to speak for
- Use the PSYPOnline Forums and let us – and others – know about the issues that need addressing
- Participate in PSYP Online Polls
Research is essential to our understanding of the realities of depression, and of how best to treat and manage the condition. PSYP supports medical and social research into all aspects of depression by acting as a meeting point between those affected by depression and those seeking to carry out research.
PSYP also conducts our own research into issues that affect people with depression.