Do you feel very low or extremely sad?

Sometimes life can seem hard or you might feel like no one understands you. If sad thoughts and worries won’t go away, or you feel like life isn’t worth living, then talking to someone or looking for advice can help – from a friend, relative, adult you trust or a service like ChildLine, who are always ready to listen.

What is depression?

People sometimes say they’re ‘depressed’ when they’re having a bad day, but depression is more than that – it’s when those low feelings are there for a long time and are there all the time.

Young people can suffer from depression just like adults do, so if sad feelings and emotions are taking over your life then it’s a good idea to ask for help. You can read more about the symptoms of depression here.

How can I get help?

If you’re feeling down, here are some ideas for things you can start doing to lift your mood:

  • If you’ve been feeling like this for a while, or it has been affecting your life in a serious way, you should visit your doctor. If you’re scared about going by yourself, you could ask a friend, parent or carer to go with you. Your doctor will be able to find out if you have depression and talk you through the types of treatment that could help you.
  • Check out things you can start doing to lift your mood.
  • You can also find help from organisations, services and online. You can find some of the most useful videos, websites and contact numbers below and on our ‘What’s in Leeds for me?’ page.

Things you might find useful

I had a black dog, his name was depression

Short animation about what it’s like to live with depression.

Video about living with depression

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Website for young men who are feeling down or in a crisis.


NHS Moodzone

Practical, useful information, interactive tools, and videos to support you on your way to feeling better.

NHS Moodzone

Headspace app

A fun and easy to use intro into 10-minute meditation – offers a free 10-day trial. More features available with subscription.

Headspace app