Talking To Your Child About Their Depression

Having a child with depression, however old they are, is difficult. We know how hard it can be to try and find the right words to say. It can be really daunting to try and talk about anything depression-related because we worry about saying the wrong thing and making things worse. We don’t want to…

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Depression: Creative Activities to Try

Depression: Creative Activities to Try

Taking part in creative activities is a great for our overall well-being. Research has found that expressing ourselves creatively helps us sort through our thoughts and feelings, allows us to make something positive out of difficult experiences (such as depression), and makes us more resilient. We are all creative If you don’t identify as a ‘creative person’,…

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Depression: Explaining Paranoia

Trying to explain paranoia to someone who has never dealt with it is hard, because making sense of it in our own mind seems impossible in itself. It’s irrational, disorientating and sometimes even debilitating, but attempting to deconstruct it may help us to gain more understanding for ourselves and in turn, aid us in explaining…

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A Letter to the Friends Who Don’t Understand Mental Illness

Dear Friends with a Depressed Friend, We know that being friends with your depressed friend can be difficult. You don’t always see them, they cancel plans at the last minute, one minute they’re chatty and the next they’re blocking you out and you just never know if your friend is there from one day to…

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Depression: Planning for University

Going to university can be really exciting. It can provide some amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships. Leaving home and moving to uni can also be really hard; the majority of students will feel anxious about leaving home and finding their way around a new city. We know that it can feel like even more of…

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Six Doodles That Show What You Don’t See About Depression

Always smiling, but actually I want the world to stop turning and let me get off.

When we have depression, it’s like there’s a war raging in our brains, but because depression is a mental illness, it’s not always obvious that we’re struggling. These six doodles show some of the things we might be feeling. Six Doodles That Show What You Don’t See About Depression #whatyoudontsee Click To Tweet 1. Overwhelming…

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Depression: How Writing Might Help

The stigma of depression means that it can be really tough to talk about. But talking about it gives those scary and relentless thoughts an outlet. Talking about it also opens the door for support from others. It’s important to have the space to digest those thoughts, to work through them and look at them…

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Depression: 10 Quotes Which Help Us Through Tough Days

Words aren’t always the easiest things to form, yet seem to have the biggest impact on our lives. Something that someone said years ago – without forethought and by chance – and promptly forgotten, could be a sentence that the person next to them clings onto for years to come. When we’re fighting our way…

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Resources to Help You

Depression can affect different people in different ways. Sometimes it can reach the point where it becomes disabling. We know that it can be hard to accept that depression can be a disability, but sometimes we need to reach out for extra support. What is Personal Independence Payment (PIP)? Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a…

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Referring to Depression as a Third Person: Does it Help?

It can be really hard to understand depression. We might not understand our own thoughts and feelings, or be able to identify with what’s happening to us. This is perhaps why so many of us use metaphors to try and get our heads round depression. Winston Churchill described his as a black dog, and that…

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