Low Mood

Low mood is the feeling of being more tearful, sad, worried, tired, angry, or less confident in ourselves then usual. These feelings can change within a few days or weeks by making a few changes to our daily lifestyles.

Sometimes you might feel low or down. It can affect your energy, sleep, appetite, and ability to focus. It's hard to find motivation or see the good things in life.

It's not unusual to experience low mood - recognising it and accepting it is an important part of starting to feel better.

Our Experiences

By young people, for young people

"It hurts. The feeling of emptiness, like falling into an endless pit of darkness, not having the motivation to help yourself swim up to the surface. Sometimes it lasts an hour, hours become days, days become weeks, weeks become months – it just gets worse and worse and there’s no way to escape it. I’m not going to say things get better, I’m not going to say everything will be okay, but I will say that things change. 

"I’ve felt this way for a long time now and it truly feels like there’s barely any hope left at times, I still talk to my friends and queerplatonic partner, but it just feels so empty at times. He makes me feel so happy, but it hurts so much at the same time, the fear that he’ll slowly get tired of me just like everyone else is far too overwhelming. I’ll be starting therapy with CAMHS soon, and I feel hopeful about that."




Jessie, Age 17

(Some names changed to protect people's identities)

All You Need to Know

Who Can Help?

You can talk to your parents or carers, or a trusted adult within your school or setting, or any trusted friend.

If you are over 16 you can contact the NHS Talking Therapies Service Norfolk and Waveney (known as Wellbeing Service) on 0300 123 1503 (9am – 5pm).

Kooth offers online counselling, advice and emotional well-being support 7 days a week until 10pm. 

MAP Norfolk can give free and confidential support, information and advice on issues such as housing, money and mental health. You can call 01603 766994 or email info@map.uk.net.

If you live in Norfolk:

If you're 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for anonymous and confidential advice and guidance from a health professional. Chat Health is available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

You can also contact the Norfolk Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you live in Waveney:

You can call the Suffolk School Nursing service on 0345 607 8866 or email childrenshealth@suffolk.gov.uk.

Urgent Mental Health Support

For 24/7 immediate advice, support and signposting for anyone with mental health difficulties please contact 111 and select the mental health option. 

If you feel someone's life is at risk or they cannot be kept safe, call 999 or go to A&E.

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