Depression Awareness Week 2016: Helping people to smile again

Depression affects people of all ages and backgrounds. It changes the way people feel, think and behave. This serious medical illness is common among people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Research has found that an estimated 20-30% of people living with SCI show signs of depression.

At Back Up, we often come across people who struggle to cope after a devastating spinal cord injury. To tackle this problem, our mentoring service provides emotional support to over 120 people every year.

A mentor can enable someone to reach their full potential and re-discover life can be rewarding. This unique accredited service also helps parents, as feelings of depression, anger and hopelessness are common emotions as they struggle to get the help a child with SCI requires.

To raise awareness about depression and to celebrate Depression Awareness Week 2016, we are sharing the experiences of a few people who have benefited from Back Up’s mentoring service.

If you want to join this campaign, just write down on an A4 piece of paper how we have helped you to overcome depression and share it on social media using the hashtag #DAW2016 and tagging @backuptrust. 


Sue and Roger

Jane Louise


Share your experiences with us on social media using the hashtag #DAW2016 and tag @backuptrust on Twitter