Untreated depression is not only the number one cause for suicide it can make for a life of misery, and due to the issues in play with individuals that are very much marganalised, such as Travellers and it's LGBTQ members there is much concern in terms of emotional and psychological care.

A person is not depressed if they feel sad for a day or two; but only if they experience a prolonged period of sadness that interferes with their ability to function. Depression occurs because of an imbalance of chemicals in the brain.

It is an illness and it is highly treatable.

It has nothing in itself to do with sexuality, but due to the social factors, isolation and a sense of loneliness that often comes with feeling apart or different from the norm it can have a part to play in many LGBTQ Travellers life's.

Unfortunately, many people do not receive treatment for depression, and thus are at risk for suicide.

If you or have some of these symptoms below, or know anyone who may have them please seek help immediately or encourage them to do so:

  • Feeling sad for two or more weeks

  • Feeling lethargic -- feeling like you have no energy

  • Unable to concentrate

  • Sleeping too much or too little

  • Eating too much or too little

  • Feeling worthless

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feeling helpless

  • Feeling negative or pessimisstic

  • Losing interest in activities that you previously enjoyed

  • Crying frequently

  • Withdrawing from others

  • Neglecting personal appearance

  • Feeling angry

  • Feeling guilty

  • Unable to think clearly

  • Unable to make decisions

Basically, if feeling "the blues" does not go away after two weeks, you probably have depression. And are in need of treatment.

There should be little to no Taboo in being depressed, it is a medical condition and should present no guilt or blame for the person who experiences it.

You might believe that you could never become suicidal, but protracted, untreated depression can make almost anyone suicidal, including you. So take action now. If you are depressed, make an appointments immediately.

Helpful phone numbers

Samaritans: 1850 60 90 90

Aware: 1890 303 302

Gay Switchboard: 01 872 1055

Helpful sites