Depression is a mental health condition that can affect thinking, feeling, energy and behaviour. It can be mild or severe and can have a big impact on every aspect of someone’s life (e.g. relationships, education, work, etc.)

Depression is a mental health condition that can affect thinking, feeling, energy and behaviour. It can be mild or severe and can have a big impact on every aspect of someone’s life (e.g. relationships, education, work, etc.)

Depression affects 1 in 10 people at any one time and can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender or background. 

Signs of depression include:

Depression can be something someone experiences on and off again throughout their lives, but it can also happen if you do not have any history of depression. This can happen at a time of stress, loss or a big change in your life. 

A person can experience depression alongside other mental health issues. Some examples are Addiction, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Autism and many others. 

Recovery from depression is possible, but early intervention, treatment and support are key. If you think you might have depression, get help by speaking to your GP or a mental health professional. You can also find support by talking to a parent, carer, good friend or someone else you trust. 

Talking about how you feel when you are feeling depressed is really important. Some other things to try are

Some other things to try are:

More support and information:

Aware provides information and support to people experiencing depression and their family members. 

Website: aware.ie

If you’re thinking about suicide or self-harm or if you need help right away, call 999 or 112

There are also specific support lines that you can call:

Samaritans Ireland – 116 123

Pieta House – 1800 247 247


Childline can also be contacted by any child or young person by calling 1800 66 66 66, texting to 50101 or chatting online at Childline.ie 24 hours a day, every day.

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