Psychosocial Health / Depression

Psychosocial health considers a number of mental illness such as anxiety and depression, and relates to an individual’s perceptions, emotions and behaviours.

Anxiety, depression and heart disease are common conditions that can often occur together. Research indicates that there is a relationship between these three conditions and it is important that they are addressed as they can impact on your recovery of you have had a cardiac event.

Fast facts:

There is now evidence to show that depression can be as a big risk factor for heart disease as smoking or high blood pressure

Depression can also affect the recovery of people with heart disease and increase their risk of further problems

People with depression have also found to be more likely to smoke or to have diabetes

Those with depression (due to the effect it has on the individual) are generally poorer at taking their prescribed medication

Anxiety is also a risk factor for heart attacks and other heart-related conditions

Many people with anxiety also have depression

People who are socially isolated or do not have quality social support are also at greater risk of developing heart disease

Stressful life events such as losing a loved one or prolonged stress due to pressures at work are linked to increased risk of heart disease

For more information about depression and mental health, you may find these resources useful:

United States

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is an international nonprofit membership organization and a leader in education, training, and research for anxiety, depression and related disorders.

Hope For Depression Research Foundation

Hope For Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) is the leading non-profit focused solely on depression research, with an unprecedented Depression Research Road Map created and executed by our team of world renowned neuroscientists.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

American Psychiatric Association – Help with Depression 

Depression information resource page curated and updated by the APA for the community.

Australia

Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is an organisation dedicated to understanding, preventing, and treating mental illness.

Beyondblue

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Mind Australia

Mind is one of Australia’s leading community-managed specialist mental health service providers, giving practical and motivational support that helps people to develop the skills they need to move on, thrive and improve the quality of their lives.

WayAhead

WayAhead is a non-government, community-based organisation and registered charity, working to educate people on mental health and wellbeing and link them to services and resources that improve their mental health throughout New South Wales.

Mental Health Foundation Australia

Mental Health Foundation Australia is an organisation that works to deepen understanding of the importance of mental wellbeing.

United Kingdom

Mind United Kingdom

Mind is a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Friends In Need

Friends in Need is a way for people affected by depression to meet online and in their local area.

Samaritans

Samaritans is an organisation that provides support to anyone who needs help through 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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