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Here are the resources we found for depression for professionals:

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith: “Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-being of Young People”

(Featured resource)Dr. Pooky Knightsmith’s keynote presentation from the HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference on Oct 3rd explores practical ideas, strategies and approaches for professionals and parents / family members to use when dealing with young people who are facing mental health challenges.

OCD and Depression – Annabel’s story – When I Worry about Things

(Featured resource)Suitable for teaching 8 to 13s. A powerful animated film about a girl who developed nervous tics, OCD and depression after a period of upheaval, and how she learnt to cope.

WARNING: Contains some scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.

What You Don’t See About Depression – Jayne Hardy

(Featured resource)“My secret was so heavy, that is broke me”.

This video is a powerful TEDx presentation from Jayne Hardy. Jayne is the founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, providing peer support for those with depression and their loved ones too.

Depression: 7 Tips for Managing Difficult Days

This video explores 7 ideas for getting through the most difficult days when you’re struggling with depression. Dr Pooky Knightsmith draws on her personal and professional experiences to give help and advice for people suffering from depression.

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The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

ReachOut Professionals

ReachOut Professionals believes that with the right tools, any young person can be happy and resilient. They provide recommendations and advice for youth support workers, and educational professionals on a range of online interventions, tools and resources that can be used to support young people experiencing mental health difficulties and to build young people’s wellbeing and resilience.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Depression and Low Mood

This page from the Black Country Minds website is an introduction and a set of simple advice and links to support a young person who is experiencing persistent low mood and depression.

Depression and Anxiety

Teachers are well placed to notice the changes caused by anxiety and depression which will be picked up through their understanding of student responses. Teachers, depending on their relationship with the student, are also more likely to be a probably first port of call either by the student concerned or, more often, by their friends. This is why it is important to make sure you are aware of the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in young people.

Low Mood or Depressed

Feeling sad is a normal reaction; everyone feels low or down at times and children can be upset by many things: an incident or break-up with a friend, a disagreement at home, or just not doing as well at school as they expected but if the feeling is more than just sad or it persists for a longer time, then everyday sadness or low mood may move into something more serious such as depression.

Audio

Storm and Stress: New Ways of Looking at Adolescent Mental Health

A series of podcasts from BBC Radio 4, looking at the impact of mental health issues on young people.

App / online service

WellMind App

WellMind is a free iOS and Android app from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. It is designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression.

Course / Event

ThinkTwice Course

ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith: “Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-being of Young People”

(Featured resource)Dr. Pooky Knightsmith’s keynote presentation from the HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference on Oct 3rd explores practical ideas, strategies and approaches for professionals and parents / family members to use when dealing with young people who are facing mental health challenges.

OCD and Depression – Annabel’s story – When I Worry about Things

(Featured resource)Suitable for teaching 8 to 13s. A powerful animated film about a girl who developed nervous tics, OCD and depression after a period of upheaval, and how she learnt to cope.

WARNING: Contains some scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.

What You Don’t See About Depression – Jayne Hardy

(Featured resource)“My secret was so heavy, that is broke me”.

This video is a powerful TEDx presentation from Jayne Hardy. Jayne is the founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, providing peer support for those with depression and their loved ones too.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Depression and Low Mood

This page from the Black Country Minds website is an introduction and a set of simple advice and links to support a young person who is experiencing persistent low mood and depression.

Depression and Anxiety

Teachers are well placed to notice the changes caused by anxiety and depression which will be picked up through their understanding of student responses. Teachers, depending on their relationship with the student, are also more likely to be a probably first port of call either by the student concerned or, more often, by their friends. This is why it is important to make sure you are aware of the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in young people.

Audio

Storm and Stress: New Ways of Looking at Adolescent Mental Health

A series of podcasts from BBC Radio 4, looking at the impact of mental health issues on young people.

App / online service

WellMind App

WellMind is a free iOS and Android app from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. It is designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression.

Course / Event

ThinkTwice Course

ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith: “Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-being of Young People”

(Featured resource)Dr. Pooky Knightsmith’s keynote presentation from the HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference on Oct 3rd explores practical ideas, strategies and approaches for professionals and parents / family members to use when dealing with young people who are facing mental health challenges.

OCD and Depression – Annabel’s story – When I Worry about Things

(Featured resource)Suitable for teaching 8 to 13s. A powerful animated film about a girl who developed nervous tics, OCD and depression after a period of upheaval, and how she learnt to cope.

WARNING: Contains some scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.

What You Don’t See About Depression – Jayne Hardy

(Featured resource)“My secret was so heavy, that is broke me”.

This video is a powerful TEDx presentation from Jayne Hardy. Jayne is the founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, providing peer support for those with depression and their loved ones too.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Audio

Storm and Stress: New Ways of Looking at Adolescent Mental Health

A series of podcasts from BBC Radio 4, looking at the impact of mental health issues on young people.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Depression and Low Mood

This page from the Black Country Minds website is an introduction and a set of simple advice and links to support a young person who is experiencing persistent low mood and depression.

Depression and Anxiety

Teachers are well placed to notice the changes caused by anxiety and depression which will be picked up through their understanding of student responses. Teachers, depending on their relationship with the student, are also more likely to be a probably first port of call either by the student concerned or, more often, by their friends. This is why it is important to make sure you are aware of the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in young people.

App / online service

WellMind App

WellMind is a free iOS and Android app from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. It is designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression.

Course / Event

ThinkTwice Course

ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.