Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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

Your stories

How I found the joy in SAD

Lorna describes how she learnt to live with seasonal affective disorder by embracing her love of nature.

Posted on 12/12/2018

The misconceptions surrounding SAD

Vicky talks about her experience of Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD) and the misconceptions that surround it.

Vicky Leigh
Posted on 20/12/2017

Mind podcast - Living with SAD

Sarah talks to us about living with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and how friends and family can help.

Posted on 26/09/2016

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight)
Provides listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide, including web chat (5pm–midnight).


Depression UK
[email protected]
A national self-help organisation that supports people with depression.


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


NHS Choices
Provides information on a wide range of health and social care topics. Provides an online search tool to find GPS and NHS services near you, and a new tool to find psychological therapies in England.

Rethink Mental Illness
0300 5000 927 (9.30am-4pm Monday-Friday)
Charity providing information and support for people experiencing a mental health problem, including an online directory of local support services.


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


0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day)
Support for people experiencing mental health problems or supporting someone else, including a helpline and online support forum.


This information was published in February 2019. We will revise it in 2022.

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