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- depression -

for young people

Some studies show that as many as one in four young people could experience depression before they are 19 years old.

Depression can affect anyone, at any age.

We all understand what it’s like to feel sad, or down about things sometimes – it’s the normal, healthy reaction when something sad or stressful happens. Perhaps there are big changes in your life, like moving schools or homes, maybe you’ve had a big argument with friends or family, or lost someone you care about (if this is the case, you might also want to visit our information on grief). When things like this happen you might feel tearful and cry a lot, or feel unhappy and miserable, and your sleeping and eating patterns might change. This is all perfectly normal.

But for some people, those feelings can go on for weeks or months, and aren’t always caused by a specific situation. There are some people who still think depression isn’t a “real problem” – they’re wrong. It’s not a sign of weakness, or something you can just “snap out of”. People with depression can experience a range of symptoms, some of which include:

  • feeling restless or worried

  • having trouble concentrating or sleeping

  • dizziness or heart palpitations

  • Moodiness and irritability

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Feeling tired all the time

  • Changes in how they eat and sleep

  • Not wanting to be involved with family and friends, and activities they used to enjoy

  • Tearfulness and frequent crying

  • Feelings of guilt – and blaming themselves 

  • Thinking about hurting themselves

  • Feeling unhappy, miserable, lonely and unwanted a lot of the time

  • Physical pain

There are different types of depression, and quite often they can be linked to other things (like Seasonal Affective Disorder when people get depressed during winter, or Post-Partum Depression after a woman has a baby). 


Without help or treatment, depression can become a real problem for some people. It’s really important to get help as soon as possible if you think you, or someone you care about, might be depressed. When someone gets help with depression earlier, then they can start feeling better sooner, and the more chance of preventing the illness from disrupting their life, or becoming a long-term problem.


The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people with depression make a full recovery – and there are a huge amount of professionals and agencies waiting to help, with a wide range of ways they can support you. We’ve put a list of them further down this page.


There’s a lot of work being done at the moment to help prevent depression, or stop it at the earliest signs of symptoms. One of the main ways this is done is by helping people develop resilience, and the positive mental wellbeing to cope with the challenges life can throw at us all. This is something we do in our Emotional Health and Wellbeing Services.

- Useful Links -

Learn more about depression, how to treat it and where to
get help.

An informative page put together by the Royal College of Psychiatrists specifically for young people.

Why people feel depressed and how it can affect you.

- Who to contact -

If you are already accessing one of our services you can see how to contact us by checking your service page here, or talking to us on live chat.


Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people, you can chat via their website between 12pm and 10pm through Monday to Friday or 6pm and 10 pm on Saturday or Sunday

Click the button below to visit their site

The Mix

If you're under 25 you can talk to The Mix for free on the phone, by email or on their webchat.

Freephone 0808 808 4994 (13:00-23:00 daily) or visit their site using the button below


If you're under 19 you can call, email or even chat online with a counsellor about anything.

Freephone 0800 1111 or visit their site using the button below

Crisis Text Line UK

Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK for those experiencing a mental health crisis. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Text SHOUT to 85258 

Papyrus UK - HopelineUK

If you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide, contact HopelineUK, open from 10am to 10pm on a weekday and 2pm to 10pm on a weekend.

Freephone 0800 068 41 41 or text 0778 620 9697

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