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10 October 2021

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
How to recognise and manage it

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Let's talk about seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes known as “winter depression”, is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern and is usually more apparent during autumn and winter. Common symptoms of SAD include a persistent low mood, a loss of interest in everyday activities, and feeling lethargic, stressed or anxious.

In support of World Mental Health Day (Sunday 10th October), we’d like to encourage you to take action in protecting your mental wellbeing as the colder, darker winter months arrive. 

Here are a few things you could try: 

BWC Seasonal Affective Disorder

To learn more about SAD and what else you can do to manage it, read the Bank Workers Charity’s guide.

How to manage seasonal affective disorder

Getting help and support

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If you’re noticing persistent and unexplained changes in your mood, sleep or behaviour, try talking to a GP as soon as possible. The GP can carry out an assessment to determine whether you have SAD and advise you on any treatment, counselling or support you may need to help manage your symptoms.

If you work, or have worked, for a UK bank and would like to speak to someone, get in touch with BWC. Call their free and confidential Helpline on 0800 0234 834 - they’re open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm (except bank holidays). Or head to their website to speak with an adviser via their Live Chat.

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More support

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And remember, if you’re an Accord member and need a chat about support at work, call the helpline on 0118 934 1808. 

All of our team of advisors have been accredited in Mental Health First Aid by MHFA England.


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