Depression (low mood)

Feeling sad or low in mood is a normal emotion that everyone has at times. Life is often challenging. Experiences, circumstances and events can cause people to feel low. For example as a reaction to bullying, relationship difficulties, or bereavement. Low mood can also happen for no obvious reason.

Depression is when low mood becomes persistent and impacts the way you live your life. For example, you withdraw and avoid situations like going out with friends.

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems. Although its hard to believe it when you are depressed there is support available to help you feel better.

Symptoms and signs

Depression affects different people in different ways.

If you are struggling to cope and need help now visit our Help I'm in Crisis page.

You may:

  • feel that you don't want to do things you used to enjoy
  • find it hard to do routine tasks including self care like showering
  • avoid friends or social situaitons
  • sleep more or less than normal
  • feel tired and not have any energy
  • eat more or less than normal
  • feel irritable, miserable, lonely, upset or numb
  • feel hopeless
  • want to self harm
  • experience suicidal thoughts

Having one or more of these symptoms doesn't mean you defintely have depression. You should speak to someone you trust as a first step.

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Help and Support

If you are struggling to cope and need help now visit our Help I'm in Crisis page.

  • You are not alone. Talk to someone you trust for example a friend, teacher, carer or family member. 
  • Look after yourself. There are tips on our self help page.
  • Get some fresh air daily.
  • Keep to a basic daily routine.
  • Plan to do something you enjoy. Try to stick to your plan even if you don't feel like it.
  • Break things down into small steps so tasks are not overwhelming.
  • Avoid self medication with caffeine, alcohol or drugs.
  • Contact local mental health services directly who can offer you support. 
  • Some people with depression need treatment with therapy, or a combination of therapy and medication. 

West Yorkshire

 West Yorkshire Night OWLS  is available 8pm to 8am every day for children, young people, parents and carers across West Yorkshire. Call free on 0800 1488 244 or text on 07984 376 950. Visit the website to use the online chat function

 Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well being platform for children and young people. 10 to 18 year olds can chat one to one with counsellors, access self help articles and connect with peers through live moderated forums.

  Text Chat Health Leeds 07520 619 750, Calderdale 07480 635297 or Bradford and Kirklees 07312 263032. Chat Health aim to reply to your text message within 24 hours 8.30am to 4pm, Mon to Fri. 

Bradford and Craven

  Healthy Minds for young people is there to help you find support, information and advice if you are struggling with how you are feeling and thinking.

 Wellbeing hubs provide support and free specialist advice on a number of areas including mental health. If you are under 16 you need to bring a parent or carer with you.


  Open Minds provides advice, information, support and signposting to local and national emotional health and wellbeing services.


 MindMate was designed with young people to provide information about common mental health issues and where to find support.


 WF I Can is an online resource for young people in Wakefield where you can find information and advice. ​​​​​

Future in Mind has a number of services which help support children and young people in different ways.

National Services

Child bereavement Uk - logo.pngCall Childline free on 0800 1111

youngminds-logo (1).png  Yound Minds has information about a range of mental health conditions. Don't want to talk? Text YM to 85258, the Young Minds Crisis Messenger for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week support. 

 If you feel that life is not worth living any more, call Papyrus's HopelineUK from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends on 0800 068 41 41 or text 07860039967.

 Whatever you're going through, call free any time, from any phone, on 116 123. They're there for you, whatever your age. You can talk to them about whatever is on your mind, they'll listen. This might include how you look, problems at school or college, how people are treating you, and worries about exams or money.

 Whether you want a quick chat or more focused help, the team is here to help young people with mental health, relationships, work life, school life, depression and any other issues all year round. Call 0808 808 4994 between 4pm and 11pm every day, email them, chat one to one online, sign up for free counselling or text THEMIX on 85258 for free 24 hours a day crisis support.

 Honour Based Abuse can take many forms, including child marriage, virginity testing, enforced abortion, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, as well as physical, sexual and economic abuse and coercive control. No one, not even your family, has the right to control you or to harm you emotionally or physically. Call free for help on 0800 5999 247 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm.

 Beat provides support for eating disorders. Call free on 0808 801 0677 9am to midnight Mon to Fri, 4pm to midnight at weekends. Their phone lines can be busy, don't hang up. They want to help you.