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.
The Recovery Letters
The Recovery Letters are a series of personal letters written to website readers by authors who have suffered with mental illness, including severe depression and suicidal thoughts. Each letter shares personal experiences and encourages the reader to seek help.
Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood states, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration. Depression can happen to anyone.
The A to Z of Mental Health | Mental Health Foundation
A really helpful glossary of mental health from the Mental Health Foundation.
Depression and Anxiety – Identification
Anxiety and depression are serious problems for teenagers. Common features of anxiety include tension, worry, frustration, irritability, sadness and withdrawal. Common features of depression include hopelessness, sadness, irritability and anger, isolation, withdrawal and worthlessness. Young people do not often express their anxiety or depression in a straightforward way and can show they are affected through passive or negative behaviours.
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
Friends are often the first to notice or to know that someone is struggling with a problem. A person who is worried about their changes in moods, thoughts or behaviours will often confide in a friend. A friend may therefore act as a support in helping someone confront the issue of anxiety or depression.
Depression and Anxiety
Anxiety makes us feel fearful. It can cause us to not want to do things or it can cause to over check and over think things. Anxiety responds really well to psychological treatment. Depression on the other hand makes us feel low, sad and sometimes, nothing at all - just heavy and tired.
Looking at Depression
Headstart Kent brings another great webpage looking at depression. They know the pressures of being a teenager can be immense, so it’s no wonder depression is a fact of life for so many young people. Headstart Kent is here to remind you that you are not alone and you can get help if you are depressed.
Depression is a hugely common condition. One in 5 people will experience depression at one point in their lives, but how do you know if you are depressed? Sometimes we don’t notice it creeping up on us.
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.
Depression is a diagnosis given to someone who is experiencing a low mood and who finds it hard or impossible to have fun or enjoy their lives. Depression is not the same as being sad or experiencing grief, although it can be triggered by specific events. This webpage from Time to Changes offers answers to some common question about depression.
YoungMinds is one of the leading UK charities whose aim is to give a voice to young people to shout about their mental health. This webpage contains all the information YoungMinds think you should know about depression. It covers what depression is, the symptoms of depression, what you should do if you think you have depression and how depression is treated.
We sometimes use the word ‘depressed’ to describe when we are feeling unhappy or low, but depression is different from having an everyday case of the ‘blues’. When we are depressed the feelings can go on for weeks at a time and they sometimes interfere with our ability to cope with the rest of our lives.