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What is depression?

Depression is an often misunderstood term; people might talk about feeling ‘depressed’ when referring to fleeting periods of low mood. However, depression is a serious illness and can affect all …

Review of what’s been covered

In this Week, we’ve focused on the role of thinking, or cognition in depression. We use two kinds of thinking: deliberate and automatic. Both are useful but automatic thinking can …

Review of what’s been covered

This week we’ve looked at the ways in which the activities we participate in have a big influence on how we think and feel, and how changing our behaviour can …

Welcome to Week 4

Hello and welcome to Week 4. This week we’re going to focus on an aspect of depression that we cannot see – thinking. Our thoughts are invisible but very powerful. …

Welcome to Week 5

We really hope that you’ve found the course interesting, enjoyable and helpful so far. This is the last week of the course and we’ll be focusing on family communication and …

Welcome to Week 3

Hello and welcome to Week 3. This week we’ll be focusing on behaviour, and the cycles that young people can get stuck in that maintain depression symptoms. We’ll also be …

Review of what’s been covered

This week we’ve explored how getting back to basics can help to support young people, and play a role in improving their mood. The aim of this Week is to …

What next?

Next week we’ll be looking at how lifestyle factors can contribute to depression, and how we can help teenagers adopt healthier habits. Amongst other things we’ll be focusing on sleep, …

Welcome to Week 2

Hello and welcome back. This week we’ll explore some of the simple steps you can take to help to improve a young person’s mood and wellbeing. These include encouraging changes …

Review of what’s been covered

In this week, we’ve highlighted the main signs and symptoms of depression and how to tease these apart from more ‘normal’ adolescent behaviour. We’ve heard from young people and parents …

Depression and suicidal thoughts

It’s not uncommon for depressed teenagers to have thoughts about not wanting to live or about suicide, whether or not they intend to act on these thoughts – suicidal thoughts …

How thinking can keep depression going

Emma had taken a really positive step in deciding to go to school. Despite this, she still found going to school very difficult and had a tough day. Her thoughts …