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This page provides information about depression, and where you can get advice and support.

Overview of low mood and depression

  • Low mood and depression affects people differently. You may feel down, sad, upset or tearful, empty or num, feel anxious, hopeless or worthless, You may no longer find pleasure in the things you enjoy doing.
  • Depression is one of the most common mental health issues and can strike regardless of your race, gender or age.
  • Depression can stop you wanting to socialise with others, stop you sleeping, be the cause of self-harm or suicidal behaviours.
  • Treatment for low mood and depression can be through self-help resources, talking therapies or counselling. If you are experiencing depression with psychotic symptoms (such as hallucinations, hearing voices or delusions), then medication and more specialist treatment might be needed.  

If you are feeling depressed you may relate to this video titled '10 things depression makes us do'.

It is important to remember that you are not alone, there are many others like you who are struggling with depression, but may not show it.

The below video titled 'Depression Understood', shows different people talking about their depression.

Click the drop down boxes below which will navigate you to further information and where you can seek support.

I am an adult looking for support

How to find support:

It's important to seek help from a GP if you think you may be depressed.

Your GP will refer you to access Adult Mental Health Support Services. You can find details of the NHS Mental Health Support Services on the Nofolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust Website.

Speak to the Suffolk Wellbeing Service they offer workshops and one-to-one talking therapies:

Speak to Suffolk Mind:

Speak to the Samaritans who offer free emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence:

  • Call 116 123 

If you or someone are feeling emotionally distressed and need urgent mental health support:

  • Call 111 option 2 for the NHS Mental Health Crisis Support Line - 24/7 helpline for anyone, of any age.
  • If someone is threatening to take their life and are in immediate danger, please call 999.Find other support from this list of Organisations and Local Support Groups and Services
I am a parents/carer looking for support

How to find support:

If your child or young person is struggling with depression, please go to our 'Depression in Children and Young People' advice page.

You can also find useful advice about Low mood, and support if you are a parent/carer  in Lowestoft or Waveney from the Just One Norfolk website

I am a young person looking for support

How to find support:

  • If you are at breaking point and need urgent mental health support contact the NHS Mental Health Crisis Line. Call 111 and press option 2. This is a 24/7 helpline for anyone of any age. 

  • Contact the Emotional Wellbeing Hub (For young people living in East and West Suffolk) Or Just One Norfolk  (For young people in Lowestoft and Waveney).

  • Text ChatHealth to speak to a school nurse.

  • Get online counselling and peer support from Kooth

  • Go to The Source website for sources of information and support on health and a range of topics that are important to young people in Suffolk


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