What is depression and anxiety?

Mental health includes our emotions and psychological wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. In the same way we have our physical health, we have our mental health too.

Mental health conditions are very common, around 1 in 10 young people have a mental health condition, most commonly depression and/or anxiety. Many mental health conditions first appear during adolescence.


Depression is feeling constantly unhappy and hopeless which can last for weeks or months at a time.

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Anxiety can be experienced in many ways, but can include constant and uncontrollable worries, fears, or having waves of panic
(often called panic attacks).

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