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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’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 talk you through the types of treatment that could help you.
  • 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.

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Naomi's story

A story about using services, expressing yourself and what it means to 'be ok'.

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Blog posts

All blogs are written by young people in Leeds sharing their personal views on topics they care about. Feel free to leave comments.

Are you a parent or carer? 

If you’re looking for more information to support a young person you care for with their mental health, visit our parent and carers page.