What is depression?
People sometimes say they’re ‘depressed’ when they’re having a bad day, but depression is more than that – it’s when those low feelings are there for a long time and are there all the time.
Young people can suffer from depression just like adults do, so if sad feelings and emotions are taking over your life then it’s a good idea to ask for help. You can read more about the symptoms of depression here.
How can I get help?
If you’re feeling down, here are some ideas for things you can start doing to lift your mood:
- If you’ve been feeling like this for a while, or it has been affecting your life in a serious way, you should visit your doctor. If you’re scared about going by yourself, you could ask a friend, parent or carer to go with you. Your doctor will be able to find out if you have depression and talk you through the types of treatment that could help you.
- Check out things you can start doing to lift your mood.
- You can also find help from organisations, services and online. You can find some of the most useful videos, websites and contact numbers below and on our ‘What’s in Leeds for me?’ page.
Things you might find useful
I had a black dog, his name was depression
Short animation about what it’s like to live with depression.Watch video about living with depression
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Website for young men who are feeling down or in a crisis.Visit the CALM website
Practical, useful information, interactive tools, and videos to support you on your way to feeling better.Get advice from the NHS website