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Depression Resources for Young People

Important Notice. The HeadStart support and guidance site is not designed to support young people in a crisis situation. The resources below may be helpful, but if you or a friend or family member are experiencing extreme distress right now, please seek help immediately: click here for information on what to do.

Here are the resources we found for depression for young people:

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.

9 Must Know Signs of Depression

Depression can affect people in different ways but this video will cover the typical signs for someone with depression and how they might be affected each day. This video is a quick look at a day in the life of someone with depression compared to someone who does not experience depression.

Mental Health

In this video, Jack Howard interviews his good friend TomSka about his struggles with depression. Check out this video for an honest and open chat between two mates about mental health.

Feeling Unhappy, Sad or Depressed

This short video talks about how depression can make you feel isolated, and unable to talk to your friends. Sometimes it feels like you’re an astronaut, exploring a foreign world because nothing ever feels quite right. Childline wants you to know that there are people like you out there, and there is always help. It won’t always be perfect, but it can be better if you talk about it.

Depression

Most people during their lives will experience bouts of depression and quite often all that is needed to help you through these difficult times are a few tools that you know you can rely on. This message from Zumos will give you important information you should know and all those all-important tools to give you control.

I feel worthless

Feeling worthless is a self-fulfilling prophecy that is reflected in whatever we do, holding us back and sabotaging our endeavours and are affecting not just us but also other people around us. This message from Zumos helps us to understand how feelings of worthlessness might arise and offers practical and effective methods for learning to think differently.

I hate my life

You may be hating your life right now because you don’t have a feeling of contribution or significance, or because of rejection, personal loss, criticism, self-criticism or abuse. This message from Zumos will look at each of these areas in turn to help you understand how to begin to love your life, and give you concrete activities to get started on.

I’m so unhappy

You can change feelings of unhappiness; all you need is the knowledge and the tools to make the changes. If you want to pursue happiness, you can start today, right now, and notice and enjoy the changes happening. Happiness is a worthy goal, and the journey towards it is rewarding. This episode from Zumos covers advice on how to feel less unhappy in life.

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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.

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.

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.

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Broken Light Collective is an online photograph gallery for people affected by mental illness. It is a non-profit organisation that strives to create a safe and accepting environment where photographers of all levels who are affected by mental health challenges can display their work, as well as inspire one another to keep going and keep creating, despite the dark or scary places in which they may find themselves.

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.

Stress, Anxiety and Depression

This is a one stop location with links to help support many mental health concerns. The information provided by the NHS should be used in conjunction with GP appointments to help aid mental health treatment plans.

Depression and Mood

Depression is a more extreme sense of feeling low or down in the dumps. Everybody feels ‘low’, ‘down in the dumps’ or feels like they ‘can’t be bothered’ every so often. This is very normal and these dips in mood don’t usually get in the way of life too much. Depression is a more extreme sense of feeling this way and it does get in the way of life. This webpage from The Children’s Society contains information about the signs of depression in young people, and how to cope with teen depression.

Depression and Feeling Sad

It’s normal to feel down sometimes but if sad thoughts are stopping you from enjoying life, or if you feel like life isn’t worth living, then it can help to talk to someone. This page covers why people feel depressed, talking to Childline about your depression, how depression can affect you and the signs of symptoms of depression. Remember, if you feel like you can’t cope with the sad thoughts, talk to someone you trust.

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Depression at Christmas – A Survival Guide

Christmas can be a tough time for people with depression. Everywhere you look, you are bombarded with happy images in shop windows and on television. Depression Alliance Scotland produced this downloadable PDF to help you through Christmas with some top tips and advice.

Talking about Mental Health

This booklet from Together looks at different ways types of mental distress can be described. It shows that many mental health conditions are described in very different ways by different groups of people – such as doctors, people in other parts of the world, and those who experience them.

App / online service View all apps / online services

Pixel Thoughts

Pixel Thoughts is a new approach to mindfulness. The 60 second exercise involves putting your thoughts into a star and watching them disappear into space. All you have to do is type your worry in, and then watch as it slowly fades away. Following the instructions on the screen will help you practice mindfulness and hopefully feel less anxious.

For Me: The Childline App

The app from childline allows you to be in control of the content you receive. From pin based protection to mood based advice, the control is all in your hands with the For Me app from ChildLine. This app gives you access to all of Childlines content as well as one to one chat with a counsellor, and forums full of young people to share advice and tips.

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.

Elefriends

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but not there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

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.

9 Must Know Signs of Depression

Depression can affect people in different ways but this video will cover the typical signs for someone with depression and how they might be affected each day. This video is a quick look at a day in the life of someone with depression compared to someone who does not experience depression.

Mental Health

In this video, Jack Howard interviews his good friend TomSka about his struggles with depression. Check out this video for an honest and open chat between two mates about mental health.

Depression

Most people during their lives will experience bouts of depression and quite often all that is needed to help you through these difficult times are a few tools that you know you can rely on. This message from Zumos will give you important information you should know and all those all-important tools to give you control.

I feel worthless

Feeling worthless is a self-fulfilling prophecy that is reflected in whatever we do, holding us back and sabotaging our endeavours and are affecting not just us but also other people around us. This message from Zumos helps us to understand how feelings of worthlessness might arise and offers practical and effective methods for learning to think differently.

I hate my life

You may be hating your life right now because you don’t have a feeling of contribution or significance, or because of rejection, personal loss, criticism, self-criticism or abuse. This message from Zumos will look at each of these areas in turn to help you understand how to begin to love your life, and give you concrete activities to get started on.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stress, Anxiety and Depression

This is a one stop location with links to help support many mental health concerns. The information provided by the NHS should be used in conjunction with GP appointments to help aid mental health treatment plans.

Depression and Mood

Depression is a more extreme sense of feeling low or down in the dumps. Everybody feels ‘low’, ‘down in the dumps’ or feels like they ‘can’t be bothered’ every so often. This is very normal and these dips in mood don’t usually get in the way of life too much. Depression is a more extreme sense of feeling this way and it does get in the way of life. This webpage from The Children’s Society contains information about the signs of depression in young people, and how to cope with teen depression.

Download

Depression at Christmas – A Survival Guide

Christmas can be a tough time for people with depression. Everywhere you look, you are bombarded with happy images in shop windows and on television. Depression Alliance Scotland produced this downloadable PDF to help you through Christmas with some top tips and advice.

Talking about Mental Health

This booklet from Together looks at different ways types of mental distress can be described. It shows that many mental health conditions are described in very different ways by different groups of people – such as doctors, people in other parts of the world, and those who experience them.

App / online service View all apps / online services

Pixel Thoughts

Pixel Thoughts is a new approach to mindfulness. The 60 second exercise involves putting your thoughts into a star and watching them disappear into space. All you have to do is type your worry in, and then watch as it slowly fades away. Following the instructions on the screen will help you practice mindfulness and hopefully feel less anxious.

For Me: The Childline App

The app from childline allows you to be in control of the content you receive. From pin based protection to mood based advice, the control is all in your hands with the For Me app from ChildLine. This app gives you access to all of Childlines content as well as one to one chat with a counsellor, and forums full of young people to share advice and tips.

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.

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.

9 Must Know Signs of Depression

Depression can affect people in different ways but this video will cover the typical signs for someone with depression and how they might be affected each day. This video is a quick look at a day in the life of someone with depression compared to someone who does not experience depression.

Mental Health

In this video, Jack Howard interviews his good friend TomSka about his struggles with depression. Check out this video for an honest and open chat between two mates about mental health.

Depression

Most people during their lives will experience bouts of depression and quite often all that is needed to help you through these difficult times are a few tools that you know you can rely on. This message from Zumos will give you important information you should know and all those all-important tools to give you control.

I feel worthless

Feeling worthless is a self-fulfilling prophecy that is reflected in whatever we do, holding us back and sabotaging our endeavours and are affecting not just us but also other people around us. This message from Zumos helps us to understand how feelings of worthlessness might arise and offers practical and effective methods for learning to think differently.

I hate my life

You may be hating your life right now because you don’t have a feeling of contribution or significance, or because of rejection, personal loss, criticism, self-criticism or abuse. This message from Zumos will look at each of these areas in turn to help you understand how to begin to love your life, and give you concrete activities to get started on.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stress, Anxiety and Depression

This is a one stop location with links to help support many mental health concerns. The information provided by the NHS should be used in conjunction with GP appointments to help aid mental health treatment plans.

Depression and Mood

Depression is a more extreme sense of feeling low or down in the dumps. Everybody feels ‘low’, ‘down in the dumps’ or feels like they ‘can’t be bothered’ every so often. This is very normal and these dips in mood don’t usually get in the way of life too much. Depression is a more extreme sense of feeling this way and it does get in the way of life. This webpage from The Children’s Society contains information about the signs of depression in young people, and how to cope with teen depression.

Download

Depression at Christmas – A Survival Guide

Christmas can be a tough time for people with depression. Everywhere you look, you are bombarded with happy images in shop windows and on television. Depression Alliance Scotland produced this downloadable PDF to help you through Christmas with some top tips and advice.

Talking about Mental Health

This booklet from Together looks at different ways types of mental distress can be described. It shows that many mental health conditions are described in very different ways by different groups of people – such as doctors, people in other parts of the world, and those who experience them.

App / online service View all apps / online services

Pixel Thoughts

Pixel Thoughts is a new approach to mindfulness. The 60 second exercise involves putting your thoughts into a star and watching them disappear into space. All you have to do is type your worry in, and then watch as it slowly fades away. Following the instructions on the screen will help you practice mindfulness and hopefully feel less anxious.

For Me: The Childline App

The app from childline allows you to be in control of the content you receive. From pin based protection to mood based advice, the control is all in your hands with the For Me app from ChildLine. This app gives you access to all of Childlines content as well as one to one chat with a counsellor, and forums full of young people to share advice and tips.

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.