GAMIAN-Europe and Cancer Patients Europe Partner to Highlight Cancer and Depression Awareness. The Toolkit is Now Available!



Continuing its commitment to addressing mental health comorbidities, and building on the insights from last year’s “Report on Cancer & Depression,” GAMIAN-Europe is proud to announce the launch of the Toolkit “Empower and Connect: A Toolkit for Managing Co-Occurring Cancer and Depression Across Europe”. Coinciding with European Cancer Awareness Week, the resource, done in collaboration with Cancer Patients Europe (CPE) and We Will Care, aims to provide crucial guidance and practical tools to support individuals grappling with the dual challenges of cancer and depression, offering strategies for management and recovery.

The comprehensive toolkit covers a variety of topics crucial for understanding and managing these co-occurring conditions. It outlines the factors contributing to the development of depression, highlights the warning signs, and offers effective coping strategies and access to supportive resources. Drawing on the real-life experiences of those who have lived with cancer and depression, as well as current research evidence, this toolkit is designed to empower patients, fostering resilience, hope, and a sense of community to aid in healing and recovery.

Key Features of the Toolkit Include:

  • Recovery is Possible: Emphasising that depression is treatable through psychological support and medication tailored to individual needs.
  • Utilise Social Support: Encouraging the use of support from friends, family, and community networks, which can significantly enhance emotional well-being.
  • Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle: Suggestions for improving overall health to mitigate depression symptoms, including tips on sleep, diet, and exercise.
  • Seek Help in Emergencies: Urging those with suicidal thoughts or urges to harm themselves to seek immediate help from professionals or emergency services.

As part of this initiative, we are also running a social media campaign consisting of a series of daily posts for seven days on GAMIAN-Europe and CPE’s social media platforms LinkedInFacebookTwitter, and Instagram. The objective of this campaign is to create a vibrant dialogue about this comorbidity and to share the resources we have made available for patients, carers, and the mental health and cancer support community.

We encourage everyone to follow us on social media, participate in the discussions, and share these resources within their networks. Together, we can make a significant impact in improving the lives of those affected by comorbid mental and physical health conditions.

The toolkit is available for free and can be accessed digitally here.

This initiative not only highlights the importance of addressing mental health in the context of chronic illness but also reinforces the message that no one is alone in this journey!


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