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Depression in youth & teens

Do you feel suicidal?

If you need IMMEDIATE help, phone the Depression Helpline on 0800‑111‑757 (8 am to midnight) or Lifeline 0800‑543‑354.

Or you can contact your local mental health crisis team:

If you don't need immediate help, you can contact:

This information is about depression in youths and teens. Read more about depression in adults, depression in older adults, postnatal depression.

About depression

One in five teenagers is affected by a mental health problem.

Depression is the most common of the mental health problems that is experienced. It often begins in adolescence or early adulthood.

Depression can be a serious illness. It is more than just feeling low. Young people with depression feel sad and miserable most of the time. They stop enjoying life and lose interest in things that were fun when they were well. Quite often the signs of depression are overlooked in this age group as they are thought to be "just part of growing up". Many young people miss out on help because of this.

In this section

Living with depression for youth

Treatments for depression in children & young people

More information about depression in youth & teens

How exercise helps depression

Understanding depression in young people for parents

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