Page written and resources collated by Emily Wheeler, Senior Wellbeing Practitioner
We have all had an experience of low mood. Major life events, stresses, relationship break-ups are something most people typically experience in their life, which can make us feel low and depressed. It's perfectly normal to experience a bout of low mood when life gets on top of us, and things don't go the way we planned.
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a clinical term used to describe persistent bouts of low mood and intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness. If left untreated or ignored, the impact it has on someone's life can be extremely detrimental to a person's wellbeing, safety and functioning. Depression is usually diagnosed when someone exhibits a variety of symptoms and has difficulty functioning for periods of at least two months or longer. It's not uncommon for someone to have thoughts that life is no longer worth living or that they are a burden on others whilst they are experiencing depression.
One in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s
Togetherall is an online mental health community with a wealth of resources - available free to all staff and students. To access resources from Togetherall you need to register for an account here . You will only need to do this once. This will allow you to access many of the tools on our site.
The Stay Alive app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.
I want to empower you to become the architect of your own health. Because when you feel better, you live more. Since its launch in January 2018, my ‘Feel Better, Live More’ podcast has grown rapidly to become the Number 1 health podcast in the UK & Europe.
Fearne's HAPPY PLACE podcast, now in its ninth series with over 40 million downloads, builds on the success of the top 10 bestseller HAPPY where Fearne draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy each and every day.
The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe.
Our Overcoming Low Mood sessions are an opportunity for you to learn some helpful techniques to improve how you feel. The sessions are delivered by two NHS Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners who will help you learn techniques to overcome low mood.
First Steps in Mindfulness for Wellbeing is a free 4 week course which gives a practical introduction to mindfulness meditation, so that you can explore the benefits this can bring to your health and wellbeing.