What is depression?
Lots of people feel low sometimes, but when someone’s depressed those feelings can carry on for months or even longer.
Depression is a mood disorder that makes someone feel down all the time and stops them from being able to enjoy their life. Depression can have a big effect on you, but you’re not alone. There are lots of ways to get support, cope and start to feel better.
Anyone can get depressed. And whatever’s happening, we’re here to support you.
Getting help with depression
Talking about how you feel can be scary sometimes, but it’s the best way to get help with depression. And there are lots of ways to get support:
Coping with low moods
Whether you’re depressed or feeling low, there are lots of things you can do to cope:
- Keep talking
Whatever’s happening, keep talking to the people trust about it. Remember that you can always talk to Childline.
- Express yourself
Let your feelings out through writing, art or however you feel comfortable. Or you can use the Calm Zone to get ideas.
- Make a bedtime routine
Try to go to bed at the same time each night, and take some time before bed to relax and stop doing anything. And try our tips to help you get to sleep.
- Eat healthily and keep active
Gentle exercise and eating healthily can help to improve your mood and feel better over time.
- Do something positive
Try and do one small thing each day. You could do something to express yourself, feel good or help someone else. We’ve got lots of ideas to get you started.
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It can be tough to talk about how you’re feeling. But you’re not alone and we can help you get through it.