Welcome to Teen Mental Health!
It isn’t abnormal to be depressed. Depression is very common; it is thought that one in five people in Ireland will develop depression during their lifetime, so chances are you know someone who has been affected by depression. Many of us have been depressed or will be at some stage in our lives. It is normal for us to have our ups and downs. You do not have to be suicidal to look for help about depression. It can be anything from a feeling of loneliness to a feeling of anxiety about something in your life that leads you to look for help or guidance from the Samaritans or other groups dealing with the issue of depression.
This website was established by a number of Coláiste Iognáid students with the support of IBM and the Samaritans to give information regarding the issue of depression and specifically teenage depression as well as answering many questions that you may have about depression.
What is depression?
Everyone can feel a bit down from time to time. In many people, this unhappiness is a reaction to an upsetting event, and they will start to feel better after a few days or weeks. It is a short-lived response to stressful times in life. However, some people are unable to escape this low mood, and find it difficult to carry on with life as usual. They may experience long-lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness, have unexplained aches and pains, suffer from poor sleep, anxiety, and/or lack of interest and energy. These people are said to suffer from clinical depression.