Low Mood, Depression, Loneliness, Withdrawal

Every Mind Matters: website dedicated to helping individuals with their mental health

Young Minds: dedicated to mental health support

  • In their feelings and symptoms page you can find out more about mental health symptoms, how to cope, and where to get help
  • They have sections on: bullying, abuse, anger, body image, eating problems, exam stress, grief and loss, problems with school
  • Link: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/

Teen Health:

Kids Health:

Anna Freud: On my mind—aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing

  • Contains…
    • Wellbeing directory to find services near you
    • Self-care webpage with strategies to help when you are feeling low or anxious
    • 24/7 text support for young people in the UK
  • Link: https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/

NHS Inform


Child Line

The mix: support for under 25s

Good Thinking provides digital mental health support for London.

  • Includes NHS approved apps, guides, workbooks, podcasts and blogs
  • Relating to different mental health difficulties such as low mood, anxiety, sleep, and stress
  • Main page: https://www.good-thinking.uk/

Samaritans: an organization that offers help and advice with one to one contact

  • Reach them over the phone (116 123) for free
  • By email: jo@samaritans.org
  • Write a letter: to Chris, PO Box 9090 Stirling FK8 2SA
  • Find the Branch closest to you
  • The service is confidential except in situations where their safeguarding policy means they need to tell someone (eg. emergencies)
    • Your number is not displayed
    • By phone try to respond right away
    • By email aim to respond within 24hr
    • Phone lines open 24/7
    • You can speak to them about any concerns that you have
  • Link: https://www.samaritans.org/

Elefriends: supportive online community-if you’re struggling to cope you can find support, share tips and experiences and chat to others that are in the same position to you

  • No commitment
  • Professionals are there to help
  • You can sign up with your email


  • Helpline: 0300 123 3393, info@mind.og.uk, PO Box 75225, London E15 9FS
    • You can talk to them about any mental health problem, where to get help near you, treatment options etc.
    • Call charges depend on the phone provider

Kooth: a free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

  • A chatting support service Open from Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 6pm-10pm
  • Must make an account to access the website but the username can be anonymous
  • Link: https://www.kooth.com/

Child line: online and on the phone information and support about mental health in children and adolescents

  • Phone: 0800 1111
  • Free private confidential service for anyone under the age of 19 in the UK with any issues big or small
  • Counsellors are trained staff and volunteers
  • Link: https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/

CALM: Campaign against living miserable—a movement against suicide in males

Papyrus: prevention of young suicide

The mix: support for under 25s

Youth Access: national membership organization for young people’s information, advice, and counselling services.

For Ages 3-8

  • My many-colored days by Dr. Seuss—recommended by the Child Mind Institute
  • In my heart: a book of feelings by Jo Witek—recommended by the Child Mind Institute
  • My Quiet Ship by Hallee Adelman—recommended by the National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Sadly the Owl by Linnie von Sky recommended by the National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Can I catch it like a cold? Coping with a parent’s depression (for ages 4-8) by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health—recommended by the Child Mind Institute
  • BlueLoon by Julia Cook (depression-for children ages 5-8) recommended by the National Alliance on Mental Illness

For Ages 9-12

  • Meh by Deborah Malcolm recommended by the National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Brianna and the Blue Monster: A Cognitive Behavioral Story for Children with Depression by Patience Domowski—recommended by the National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone—recommended by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

o ISBN: 9781845295899

  • Available in Redbridge Libraries: https://llc.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/redbridge/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$ 002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:144290/one?qu=9781845295899&lm=REDBRIDGE

For Adolescents

  • Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About It? A CBT self-help guide for teenagers experiencing low mood and depression by Shirley Reynolds and Monika Parkinson

o ISBN: 9781472114532

  • Teenage Depression-A CBT Guide for Parents: Help your child beat their low mood by Shirley Reynolds and Monika Parkinson

·Stuff That Sucks: Accepting what you can’t change and committing to what you can by Ben Sedle

o ISBN: 9781472120533

  • Available in Redbridge Libraries: https://llc.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/redbridge/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$ 002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:113144/one?qu=9781472120533&lm=REDBRIDGE
  • Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen-a book about grief, loss, and sadness recommended by The Compassionate Friends

o ISBN: 9781406313161

  • Available in Redbridge Libraries: https://llc.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/redbridge/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$ 002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1696721/one?qu=9781406313161&lm=REDBRIDGE
  • Monochrome Days: A First-Hand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Depression by Cair Irwin and Dwight L. Evans (for teenagers) recommended by the University of Pennsylvania
  • When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain recommended by Cascade Mental Health Center
  • My family divided: one girl’s journey of home, loss, and hope (for ages 12+) by Diane Guerro—recommended by the Child Mind Institute
  • Young Minds books about Depression: https://youngminds.org.uk/shop/depression/c- 23/p-174/

For Children

·Anxiety and depression in kids: healthy head to toe by Oregonian


  • What is it about? Other children talk about stress, anxiety and depression

·What causes anxiety and depression-Inside out by Mind Set


  • What is it about? This video gives an easy explanation to what causes depression and anxiety using the popular pixar movie Inside Out.

·Alfred and Shadow-A short story about emotions



  • What is this about? Alfred experiences a lot of emotions that his good friend Joy support him through.

For Adolescents

  • Child Mind Institute: Stories Hannah


  • What is it about? Hannah talks about her journey struggling with depression and anxiety and explains how going to therapy helped her change her life around
  • Childline: feeling unhappy, sad or depressed?


  • What is it about? This creative video talks you through how one girl feels unhappy and sad and how ChildLine can help you feel less alone
  • Childline: bottling up emotions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O3gVyfAvac
    • What is it about? This video is a conversation around how it can be hard to talk about your emotions, but bottling them up can make things more difficult
  • Childline: Loneliness and isolation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuXqiTF- wG0&t=1s
    • What is it about? This vide is a conversation around feeling lonely and offers encouragement to anyone struggling with these emotions
  • Alfred and Shadow-A Short Story about Self-Criticism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP7R_WIm6-M
    • What is it about? This is a small educational video that shows how our inner critic can make us feel ashamed of who we are and make us feel lonely and down.

D:OTSD – Depression: Online Therapy Study: research study testing a new online treatment for young people with depression

  • The study is organized by the Anna Freud Centre in London
  • It is for young people aged 16-18 who are feeling depressed
  • The treatment is an online self-guided program called Internet-Based Psychodynamic Therapy (I-PDT) and contains 8 chapters available weekly with different texts, videos, and exercises
    • You will also have a therapeutic support worker who provides feedback and who you can text-chat with online for up to 30 min a week
  • For more information on the study and to enroll please visit https://www.iterapi.se/sites/dots/public/1-welcome

Child Mind Institute:

  • Parenting a depressed teenager

Healthy children.org

Young Minds:


National alliance of mental illness:

Action for children:

Anna Freud Centre:

The Whole Child

Huffington Post

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

  • Extended parent’s guide to depression contains information and advice for helping your child deal with depression including how to spot the signs, and specifics on suicide and self-harm
  • Link: https://www.cwmt.org.uk/parents-guide


Mental Help.net

Edu Care

Royal College of Psychiatrists

o ISBN: 9781849055635

  • Rescuing your Teenager from Depression byNorman T. Berlinger

·The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression by Lisa Machoian

  • Raising Depression-Free Children: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention and Early Intervention by Kathleen Hockey

Mentally Healthy School (in collaboration with the Anna Freud Center):

Mind Ed: a free educational e-learning resource for professionals on children and young people’s mental health. The sessions aim to help staff better understand how mental difficulties may affect children and how to support them


Blurt it out

Mental Health America:

Boing Boing

Royal College of Psychiatrists