Most people feel low occasionally. It is a normal reaction to things going wrong, stress, or life events. When these low feelings continue, or get in the way of your life, it can become a problem and may mean you are experiencing depression.
Depression can be caused by a mixture of events, distressing things happening in your life, being under a lot of stress, not being well supported, or even chemical or emotional changes.
As well as making a person feel low, depression can make other problems seem worse. Bacause they feel depressed, people may not feel like doing the things they usually enjoy, or they may not feel like doing anything at all.
People experiencing depression may also struggle with regulating emotions such as anger or tearfulness, have difficulty concentrating, have a change or
loss of appetite, and might find it hard to look after themselves.
There are lots of things that can help including talking to family and friends, talking to helplines, or seeking help from a doctor. Other daily things like self-care behaviours, hobbies, exercise or being outdoors, goal setting, good sleep, and healthy eating might help too.
Watch the video below to hear other young people talking about their experience of depression, and what helped them. If you would like further help or information, then please follow any of the recommended resources to the right. You are not alone, there are lots of people and services that can help you, and things can get better.below
Learn more about Depression
YoungMinds help pages about depression link
Ring Childline for free on 0800 1111 if you are under 18 years old or visit their website:
Or ring Hopeline for free on 0800 068 4141 if you are age 18-35
Text the crisis textline
Text “SHOUT” to 85258
Shout Crisis Text Line offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.
Text anytime, or visit their website here
Talk to a counsellor online
Get free online counselling with Kooth link
If it is an emergency…
Link to crisis help page on our website