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Depression is a relatively common emotional problem. It can be a short term response to life's events but chronic, long term symptoms will indicate a mental health problem.

Useful websites and contacts:

"Hands On Scotland" is a useful website for anyone working with or caring for children and young people who have troubling behaviours. It gives practical information and tools to support you to respond helpfully. It includes video clips, information sheets and downloadable tips and advice. Another section of the website contains help on topics related to positive mental health, like confidence, optimism, resilience and good relationships which help children and young people to cope with life stresses.
The website was created with funding from the Scottish Government to support mental health and wellbeing.

Young Minds - www.youngminds.org.uk  -  Parents Helpline - 0808 800 5000

Get Connected - www.getconnected.org.uk  -  Get Connected Helpline - 0808 808 4994  -  YouTube video - 'I had a black dog called depression.'

Depression Alliance Scotland - www.dascot.org

Look OK.....Feel Crap - www.lookokfeelcrap.org

"Living Life To The Full" offers a free web based life skills course and support forum which young people may find useful.

"Mental Health In The UK" is a user led mental health website with a forum and chatroom.

The following organisations offer web help and telephone advice or counselling:
SANELine -  0845 767 8000  -  www.sane.org.uk  -  email:  sanemail@sane.org.uk

Breathing Space  -  0800 83 85 87 (6.00pm to 2.00am, 365 days a year)  -  www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk
Samaritans  -  08457 909090 (24 hours)  -  www.samaritans.org.uk  -  email:  jo@samaritans.org.uk