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Depression in Young People: Resources and Advice

Here is a list of resources for young people or parents to help you understand youth depression, including books, articles, and helplines.
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Below is a comprehensive list of resources about depression and low mood in young people. We want you to remember that you aren’t alone in your struggles. We hope the information provided here will go some way in providing you with the help that you need to care for and support your young person.

Resources

Articles

Books

Helplines

UK

Bullying UK 0808 800 2222 Every day 7am-midnight; calls diverted to the Samaritans at other times. Advice and support for anyone affected by bullying
Childline 0800 11 11 24-hours. Free confidential helpline for young people up to 19yrs old
Cruse 0844 477 9400 Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm and until 8pm Tuesday & Thursday. Offering support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.
Family Lives 0808 800 2222 Support, advice and help available from trained family support workers
FRANK 0300 123 6600 24-hours. Confidential information and advice about drugs, offering online chat as well as a texting service.
Hope Again 0808 808 1677 Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm. A national charity that provides support, advice and information to young people
Papyrus HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41 Monday-Friday, 10am-10pm and Saturday-Sunday, 2pm-5pm. Free confidential helpline for anyone concerned about a young person at risk of harming themselves.
Mind 0300 123 3393 Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. Advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem
The Mix 0808 808 4994 24-hours. Free, confidential help for a wide range of issues for young people under 25.
NSPCC 0808 800 5000 24-hours. Information and helpline for anyone concerned about a young person.
ReThink 0300 500 0927 Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm. Advice service offers help on living with mental illness, medication, care and treatment.
Samaritans 116 123 24-hours. Free confidential helpline.
SANE 0300 304 7000 4.30pm-0.30pm daily. Helpline for anyone affected by mental illness
Young Minds Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4pm. Helpline for confidential, expert advice.

Online courses

  • COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression is a free 2-week course is full of useful, practical advice to help young people manage low mood and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
  • Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT is a free 5-week course which explains two of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders, anxiety and depression. The course dispels common myths and stereotypes, and introduces an effective treatment for anxiety and depression called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or ‘CBT’.

Research

Videos

  • Depression and low mood. Visit HealthTalk.org to find out about the experience of depression and low mood in young people by seeing and hearing young people share their personal stories on film.
  • Facing Shadows. In April 2015, seven young people who had been to a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for help with their depression came together, with the aim of making a short, animated film about what it is like to suffer from depression as a teenager.
  • Guardian “Point of View”. A short video illustrating an example of a thinking error.
  • Journey through the shadows. This short film describes the experience of three parents whose children were referred to a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for help with their depression.
  • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain. Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behaviour is caused by the growing and developing brain.

Websites

Further information, support and advice

  • Association for Young People’s Health. AYPH brings together professionals and organisations working to improve young people’s health and wellbeing.
  • The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. A charity raising understanding and management of child mental health issues including depression and anxiety.
  • Befrienders Worldwide. Providing emotional support to prevent suicide worldwide.
  • CAHMS. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services refers to all services that work with children and young people experiencing emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
  • CAMH. The information resource for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
  • Charlie Waller Trust. Charity organisation committed to raising awareness about depression and mental health problems in young people. Offers useful information and further contacts, and brief parent guide.
  • Cruse. Support and helpline for bereaved people and those caring for bereaved people.
  • International Association for Suicide Prevention provides suicide prevention resources, guides and information.
  • Family Lives. Dedicated organisation supporting parents and different aspects of family life. Support, advice and help available from trained family support workers.
  • Harmless. Support for people who self-harm, and support for the families and friends of those who self-harm.
  • Mental Elf Service. A mental health blog for you to keep up-to-date with all of the important and reliable mental health research and guidance.
  • Mental Health Foundation. Charity providing information about mental health.
  • Mind. Information on mental health problems and treatments.
  • MindEd. A free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.
  • NHS Choices. Information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.
  • NetMums. A useful thread – how do you spend quality time with teenagers without spending money.
  • NICE. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.
  • NSPCC. Information and helplines for anyone concerned about a young person.
  • Papyrus UK. Advice and support for young people dealing with self-harm and emotional distress and for parents or those who are worried about them.
  • Rethink. Information and helpline for anyone affected by mental health problems.
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Information for young people and parents about mental health and a range of related topics. See pages: Parents and Young People, Mental Health Information for All, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • SANE A leading UK mental health charity. Working to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.
  • Social Services (UK only) Support for young people and families affected by a range of difficulties or for anyone concerned about the welfare of a young person. Find your local service via your council website or in the local directory.
  • Students Against Depression. Information, support and self-help ideas.
  • YoungMinds Information, advice, support and helplines for young people affected by mental health problems, and their parents.

Healthy eating

The Eatwell Guide by NHS Choices.
Food fact sheet by The Association of UK Dieticians.

Mindfulness and wellbeing

Self-help resources

  • GET Self Help. Free worksheets and CBT tools.
  • Living Life to the Full. A range of booklets, worksheets and computer-based self-help modules.
  • Mood Gym. Free web-based Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) programme.
  • Mood Juice. A self-help site full of resources for dealing with depression, anxiety and other difficulties.

UK professional organisations

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