Depression is a mental health condition which can affect thinking, energy, feelings and behaviour. It can vary from mild to severe and can have a profound impact, affecting every aspect of the individual, their relationships, family and work life.

    Depression is a very common condition which affects 1 in 10 people at any one time, 450,000 people in Ireland alone. Any one of us, irrespective of age, gender or background can be affected. Recovery is possible, early recognition and ongoing support are key to a positive outcome.

    Short animation on the experience of having depression as a student and how to find help.

    I had a black dog, his name was depression - At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don't know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.

    Living with a black dog - YouTube - A Guide for partners, carers and suffers of depression

    The MoodMission App helps you learn new and better ways of coping with low moods and anxiety. Tell MoodMission how you’re feeling and it will give you a tailored list of 5 Missions that can help you feel better. Missions are activities and mental health strategies that are quick, easily achievable, and backed up by scientific evidence.

    MoodMission is based in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is an evidence-based psychological therapy for anxiety and depression. Anyone can use MoodMission, whether you just want a lift in your day or need a bit more help recovering from anxiety or depression.

    A podcast about clinical depression...with laughs? A series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe is a great source of information, online resources and support for anyone who has a diagnosis of depression or is supporting a loved one. It is possible to minimise the impact of depression by accessing information and support, and finding ways to manage the condition. Start by exploring these links:-

    How does it affect me?

    What can I do?

    Learning to cope with depression

    Talks on depression

    Another recommended workbook on depression to download to read or listen to. It contains valuable information for anyone concerned about depression, introducing self help techniques & coping strategies which can be used to take the first steps to recovery as well as sign-posting to professional help.  The booklet is a valuable resource for anyone who is feeling low or concerned they may be depressed and for anyone concerned for another.