Explains depression, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Your stories

Mind podcast - Depression

Christina speaks to us about her life with depression, and how self-help groups were the key to her recovery.

Posted on 13/03/2013

Explaining depression to those who matter most

Zoe blogs about her experience of explaining depression to her partner.

Posted on 17/04/2014

Opening up about depression

Sam shares his experience of depression.

Posted on 31/07/2014

Useful contacts

Mind Infoline

0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Details of local Minds, other services, and Mind’s Legal Advice Line. Language Line is available for talking in a language other than English.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
To find a behavioural therapist

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapiy (BACP)

01455 88 33 00 (general enquiries)
To find a therapist.

Carers UK

0808 808 7777
Information and advice on all aspects of caring.

Depression Alliance
Information and support for anyone affected by depression

Depression UK
A self-help organisation made up of individuals and local groups.


Projects offering a range of outdoor activities to promote good mental health.

The Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICM)

020 7922 7980
Provides a list of professional practitioners.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Guidelines on treatments for depression.


24 hour helpline: 116 123 (freephone)
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, Chris
PO Box 90 90
Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope.

Organises volunteering schemes for mutual help.

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

020 7014 9955
Has a voluntary register of qualified psychotherapists.

Published 2012
To be reviewed 2014

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