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Low mood/depression

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Low mood / depression

What is it?

Everyone feels sad or miserable some times and this is normal if it doesn’t last longer than a week or so and doesn’t stop you doing everyday things. But if you feel sad or miserable for longer or don’t want to see your friends or do the things you usually enjoy, this could be a sign of low mood/depression.

Depression is an illness with a wide range of symptoms and can be difficult to understand. Depression can affect anyone at any age but can be treated if you ask for help. Depression can lead to other problems such as eating disorders, self-harm or suicidal thoughts

Things to Try

Feeling depressed or down can mean that you don’t want to do the things you enjoy but being more active can help to make you feel better. Try setting a goal for each day – even a short walk – and building up as you feel better.

You could also try to think more positively by thinking about times when you were happy or things you enjoy or might look forward to.

Where can I get help?

  • GP - you can make an appointment to visit your doctor or a nurse at the surgery to talk about any worries or concerns you have about your emotional health
  • School Nurses - most schools have a school nurse who will either have a drop in clinic or you can make an appointment to see them
  • Early Help – these are youth centres within your area and at the Eric Manns Building, Moorgate Road, Rotherham between 9am and 5pm any weekday or phone 01709 255266
  • Local Groups - there are lots of voluntary groups and services providing support. GISMO is the central directory for those in Rotherham and you can search for the services you need
  • RDaSH CAMHS Duty Desk - you can ring the Duty Desk to ask for help for yourself or a friend. The Duty Desk is there to provide advice and to direct you to the services and people who are best placed to help you 01709 304808
  • School - schools employ a variety of people to look after your wellbeing. Some of the names of these staff may vary in your school but you will be able to find about them from a teacher

What will happen?

You may be offered counselling or mentoring through school or art therapy or cognitive behaviour therapy through Youth Start

Where can I go for help whilst I’m waiting to see someone?

Young Minds

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