Information about depression, its symptoms and possible causes, and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips on caring for yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Your stories

A letter to depression

Antalia shares a letter to depression.

Antalia Terblanche
Posted on 24/05/2016

Depression: sharing my story

Andy Baddeley, 1,500m runner and two-time Olympian, blogs about his experiences of depression.

Andy Baddeley
Posted on 27/05/2015

Blogging, depression and my nan

Georgina blogs about opening up about her experience of depression on her blog, on Facebook and to her Nan

Georgina Woolfrey
Posted on 05/08/2015

Useful contacts

Useful contacts

Anxiety UK

03444 775 774 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–5.30pm)
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.

Big White Wall
Online community for adults experiencing emotional or psychological distress. You need a paid subscription or NHS referral to join, although it is free for people living in some areas.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 883 300
Provides a directory of accredited therapists.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight daily) Webchat (5pm-midnight daily)
Offers support for men who are feeling down or in crisis.

Cruse Bereavement Care

0808 808 1677
Charity providing information and support after someone you know has died.

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

UK volunteering opportunities, including environment and conservation options.

National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

0808 801 0331 (Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday 10am-6pm)
A charity supporting adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Provides a support line and local support services.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Information and clinical guidelines on treatments for depression.


0300 330 0700 (Support Line: 8am to midnight daily)
National charity for parents, providing information and support for all parents.

Provides information on treatments for depression available through the NHS.

Papyrus HOPELineUK

0800 068 41 41 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm, bank holidays 2pm-5pm)
07786 209697 (text message service)
[email protected]
Confidential support for under-35s at risk of suicide and others who are concerned about them. Calls and texts are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.


116 123 (Freephone)
[email protected]
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour emotional support for anyone feeling down or struggling to cope.

Sane Support Forum
Mental health forum for discussion and mutual support.

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

020 7014 9955
Provides a directory of accredited psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.

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