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Webinar: Understanding depression - offering new perspectives

24 September 2020

The British Psychological Society launches its new report Understanding Depression, with a pre-publication webinar open to all who have an interest or experience of depression.

The report brings together the psychological research on depression and sources of evidence from outside psychology, and argues that we should look at depression as a human experience affected by society and culture as opposed to ‘an illness’.   

Taking place on Friday 9 October 2020, between 2-4pm, the webinar will offer an insight into the latest psychological perspectives on depression - why we become depressed, and how we can respond.

With perspectives from the editors, a poet, a psychologist who uses music in her therapeutic work, those with lived experience of depression, and others, it promises to be an uplifting, thoughtful, optimistic exploration of one of the most pressing issues of our time.

With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic adding to existing problems of stress and inequality, there has never been a more important time to consider how we understand depression.

Understanding Depression highlights how social inequalities - such as poverty, lack of access to healthcare and support and to a range of opportunities (e.g., education, employment) - can contribute to depression, and also suggests ways to address it on both an individual and societal level. It cannot be resolved by sending ever more people to doctors, psychologists and psychotherapists in an environment of reduced psychological healthcare resources.

Gillian Bowden, co-editor of the report and member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology said:

“We began writing this report pre Covid-19, but it feels more important than ever given the impact of the pandemic and the challenges facing us.

People experience depression for different reasons, and for different combinations of reasons.

There is no one simple explanation that applies in all cases, but we do know a lot about the different factors that can play a role.

We hope this document will enable an uplifting discussion about how we can work towards a society and culture that helps prevent depression.”

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