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

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

Big White Wall
Online community for adults experiencing emotional or psychological distress. It is free to use in many areas if you live in the UK, if you're a student or if you have a referral from your GP.

Cruse Bereavement Care

0844 477 9400
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.

Elefriends is a friendly, supportive online community for people experiencing a mental health problem.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

0808 801 0331 (freephone from landline and mobiles)
A charity supporting adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Provides a support line and local support services.

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


0300 330 0700
National charity for parents, providing information and support for all parents.

NHS Choices
Provides information on treatments for depression available through the NHS.


Chris, PO Box 9090, Sterling FK8 2SA
helpline: 116 123
[email protected]
A 24-hour telephone helpline for people struggling to cope.

Volunteering England
Information about volunteering opportunities in England.

Volunteering Wales
Information about volunteering opportunities in Wales.

This information was published in June 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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