Mental Health Matters: Low Mood and Depression

Content originally from  Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System.

We all feel sad or low from time to time. Life is often challenging. Experiences, circumstances and events can sometimes cause us to feel low.  

There can be many different triggers such as: bereavement, a relationship with a partner breaking down, a change of circumstances, pregnancy and parenthood, having a long-standing illness and loneliness to name a few. Equally, low mood can also happen for no obvious reason. 

Depression develops when low mood becomes consistent and affects the way we live our lives. For example, withdrawing and avoiding situations like going out with friends. Perhaps you can’t sleep, or your confidence is gone. 

Watch our video on low mood and depression with our top tips to improve your mood: 

Low Mood and Depression

Get Help 

Visit your local Primary Care Network (PCN) website to find out about your local mental health and talking therapy – mid and south Essex IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services.

Primary Care Networks are groups of GP practices working closely together with other healthcare staff and organisations to provide more joined up care to local communities. You can also access many online NHS self-help tools including Every Mind Matters