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Depression

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Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.

What is depression?

Depression affects anyone, at any time, for any reason. And when it does, depression can affect every aspect of a person’s life – how you think, how you feel, and how you behave towards family and friends.

Despite what you may think, depressed people don’t look a particular way. It's a constant feeling of sadness that won't go away.

How do I know if I have depression?

Feeling hopeless, having no motivation, reduced performance at school, guilt, sadness and low mood, constant tiredness, and losing interest or enjoyment in things that you normally like doing, are all symptoms that you may have started to notice.

You might also experience aches and pains or feel anxious too.

The key point is that depression is more than simply feeling like this for a few days – it’s about these feelings going on for weeks and weeks.

What can I do about it?

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms it's important that you talk to someone like your GP, teacher, or confide in a friend or adult you trust.

These are some things you can do to try and look after yourself and improve your mood:

  • Ask for help - from family, friends or a GP (see below for other support).
  • Be social - don't withdraw from life.
  • Sleep well - get enough sleep and rest time. Try to go to bed at the same time each night. 
  • Try eating more healthily - food is so much more than just fuel for our bodies, what we eat can effect how we feel too.
  • Be more active - even a short walk/run down your street can make a difference, or try a sport that you like.
  • Do something creative - it's a good way to express your feelings and clear your mind.
  • Spend time doing things you enjoy - think of things that make you feel good and calm or that you would like to try doing, these can be big or small things.

For simple ideas of things you can do to help look after your emotional health, check out our page 30 Day Whats Up challenge.

Where to go for support 

If you think you have depression or if you've been feeling low for a few weeks now you can:

  • Speak to a school nurse for support and advice through the ChatHealth Service - they offer weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. To find out more go to our page ChatHealth.

  • Get online support from Kooth - a free, safe and confidential online emotional wellbeing and counselling for 11-25 year olds in Suffolk. Kooth helps you find someone to talk to when you need it. To find out more go to our page Kooth

  • Emotional Wellbeing Hub - provides advice and support if you are worried about your emotional health and wellbeing. You can call their helpline (0345 600 2090) or make an online referral. To find out more and make an online referral, go to our page Emotional Wellbeing Hub

  • Speak to a youth worker at 4YP - they will provide advice and support. Visit their website for more details: www.4yp.org.uk

  • Visit your GP - there is no difference between seeing your GP for physical health or emotional health issues, and they will be able to help you. You can go to your GP for help at any age. Anything you talk about is confidential and will be kept between you and your doctor.

  • If you're 16 or over, you can get free support from the Wellbeing Service - they provider short term counselling or helpline support and wellbeing workshops or classes. For more information, visit the Wellbeing Service website

Those experiencing depression and low mood, may also feel symptoms of anxiety. For more information go to our page on Anxiety

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