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.
MindMate help and advice
Top tips, resources and advice from MindMate to help with low mood and depression.
Talking about how you feel isn’t always easy. It can be hard to know what to say first or describe how you feel, but it can be a big help to share your feelings with someone who cares.Go to page
Top tips for becoming more mindful
Get started with these easy step by step tips for mindfulness which can help with low mood.Go to page
Feeling anxious too?
Feeling really worried and anxious can often come hand in had with feeling very low. MindMate has a range of information on anxiety and stress.Go to page
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.
Things you might find useful
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Website for young men who are feeling down or in a crisis.Visit CALM
A fun and easy to use intro into 10-minute meditation – offers a free 10-day trial. More features available with subscription.Get headspace
I had a black dog, his name was depression
Short animation about what it’s like to live with depressionWatch now
NHS Mood Zone
Practical, useful information, interactive tools, and videos to support you on your way to feeling better.Go to page
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