The Black Dog

This video from The Royal College of Psychiatrists explores what it feels like to be depressed, the symptoms of depression, and what help you can get if you are feeling depressed.

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.  In collaboration with the World Health Organisation to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”.

The films below have been developed by The World Health Organisation and have been provided as direct links for ease of use.

Millions of people around the world live with depression. “Living with a black dog” is a guide for partners, carers and sufferers of depression. It advises those living with and caring for people with depression on what to do, what not to do, and where to go for help.

Mind – low mood

Moodzone: Low Mood & Depression Audio Guide
Dave lost his job and felt low for three months, so he went to see his GP. Talking with his GP helped Dave see what was affecting his mood and take steps to feel better. In this 10-minute audio guide, Dr Chris Williams talks you through ways to tackle common mood problems if – like Dave – you’re feeling a little down or depressed.

NHS Choices low mood and depression.

Patient.infodealing with low mood