Welcome to our Depression self-help page. Here we explore depression, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family

What is depression?

Everyone has days and times when they feel low, tired and unmotivated; this is usually due to events and circumstances in life and these feelings pass eventually. If these feelings persist and start to negatively impact your life, you may have depression.

At its most severe, this may mean that:

  • you struggle to function and take care of your needs
  • feel worthless and see no meaning in life
  • become isolated and withdrawn
  • find yourself easily overwhelmed with emotions and may use alcohol, other substances or self-harm to numb your emotions. You may also think about ending your life in order to escape how you are feeling
  • you think negatively to the extent that it causes severe distress

What types of Depression are there?

Depression is usually diagnosed according to its severity, so you may be told that yours is mild, moderate or severe. Where applicable, you may also be told that you have a specific form of depression, for example:

  • Dysthymia – this is mild depression which lasts for over 2 years
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – depression which usually occurs in late autumn and winter which is thought to be due to there being a reduced amount of daylight
  • Postnatal Depression – depression following childbirth which usually affects mothers but can affect fathers as well
  • Prenatal Depression – depression experienced prior to childbirth, during pregnancy

The following booklets are great for learning more about Depression, including specific varieties, self-help techniques and where to go for support

What do people who have experienced depression say about it?

Sarah talks about her experience of depression and why she went on TV to discuss it 



Naomi discusses depression and how drawing is helping her to cope.


Andy shares his experience of depression 

Rachel talksabout the worst day of her life and her coping strategies one year on 



Christina talks about her life with depression and how self-help groups really helped her 



Wayne discusses his depression and how he has found Ecotherapy helped 



Amy writes about her experience of depression and how talking has made her feel less lonely 



We offer a range of services to help with Depression. Check out the following pages to see which one is right for you:

Useful Contacts


Overview: Hive is a community arts charity who deliver arts and crafts courses, workshops and projects from their centre in Shipley and across the Bradford District
Telephone: 01274 598 928

First Response

Overview: Support for anyone in a crisis who lives in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven
Telephone: 01274 221 181
Opening Hours: 24/7


Overview: Confidential, telephone helpline for anyone who needs support or information
Telephone: 01274 594 594
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm-9pm


Overview: Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope
Telephone: 116 123


Overview: A supportive online community which provides online peer support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem

CALM (Campaign against living miserably)

Overview: Provides listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide
Telephone: 0800 58 58 58


Overview: LGBTQ+ helpline providing listening services, information and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities
Telephone: 0300 330 0630


Overview: Support and information about mental health problems including online support
Telephone: 0300 304 700

Counselling Directory

Overview: Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in need to seek help and to connect individuals with qualified counsellors in the UK. The site contains information on the common reasons people turn to counselling, as well as articles, news, and events. To ensure the professionalism of our website, all counsellors have provided us with proof of membership with a professional body
Telephone: 0333 3447 990

NHS Choices – Depression

Overview: Advice and information for anyone with Depression

Cruse Bereavement Care

Overview: Care Bereavement Care provide information and support following the death of someone you know
Telephone: 0844 477 9400

NHS Choices – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Overview: Advice and information for those affected by SAD 

SAD Association

Overview: SAD information and support

The Association for Post Natal Illness

Overview: Support for mothers with postnatal depression
Telephone: 020 7386 0868

Birth Trauma Association

Overview: Support for women who have experienced traumatic childbirth and their partners

Family Action

Overview: Provides a range of services to support families, including mental health support

The Lullaby Trust

Overview: Information and support for people affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

The Miscarriage Association

Overview: Support for those affected by miscarriage


Overview: Free computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression


Overview: Information and support for anyone experience a mental health problem during or following pregnancy

PND & Me

Overview: Online network which brings people together who have experience perinatal mental health problems


Overview: Stillbirth and neonatal death charity, providing information and support for anyone affected by these issues


Overview: Support and information on pregnancy, including mental health problems

Have you checked out our Online Directory? There you will find a vast database of local organisations who offer support and advice across a variety of areas


"Depression | Talking About Mental Health - Episode 4". YouTube. N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016

"Postnatal Depression And Perinatal Mental Health | Mind, The Mental Health Charity - Help For Mental Health Problems". N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016

"Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) | Mind, The Mental Health Charity - Help For Mental Health Problems". N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016

"Clinical Depression - NHS Choices". N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016


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