Sometimes there is an obvious reason for feeling sad or even depressed – for example, there could be something happening in your life that really drags you down, and makes you feel hopeless (like the death of a loved one). But there are also times where it can be hard to explain exactly why you feel low.
Reading or watching the news can help you stay up-to-date on what is happening in the world. But the news often focus on negative events – wars, natural disasters, stabbings or accidents - making it seem like the world is an unfair and dangerous place where nothing good ever happens. This is only one view of the world, as the great things in life rarely get mentioned in the news.
What can I do if the news make me feel upset?
Even though social media is there to connect people, it can also make you feel lonely. That is why it’s important to spend face-to-face time with your friends and family, too.
Sometimes people will post things on social media that can make you feel like your life isn't as great as theirs – for example, showing off new clothes, posting travel pictures from places you always wanted to go to, or bragging about how much fun they have with their friends.
Remember, often people's lives look perfect on social media because they only share their best moments and avoid posting all of the struggles they face on a daily basis - struggles that we all go through. What some people share on social media isn't always as real as it seems.
While some people only talk about the good things in their lives, there are also people who only talk about their problems. Sometimes this can make you feel good, because you don’t feel like you are the only one who has troubles. But vlogs, blogs or social media accounts of people who only share negative things can also drag you down – if you fins this to be true, then it might be better to unfollow them.
There are times where people use the anonymity of the online world to talk to people in a way that they wouldn't often do in real life. It can either come from people we know in our offline world, or from complete strangers. Regardless, there are moments where these comments can be hurtful and make us feel bad about ourselves. If you feel like this could be something you're experiencing, feel free to check out this article on cyberbullying as we talk a bit more about what the experience is like and steps one can take to tackle it.
Sadness and depression can feel similar. Generally, you might feel low, heavy, blue, grumpy, or like you want to cry. But there are also important differences between sadness and depression.
Sadness is a very normal feeling that comes and goes. You might feel sad because you did poorly on an exam, or because your friend doesn’t have time to hang out with you. This feeling might stay for a few minutes, hours or a day or two. But eventually you start to feel happier again.
When someone is depressed, it means that they feel very strong sadness that doesn’t go away. This feeling might last for weeks or even years. People who are depressed can feel hopeless and think that things will not get better. They might pull away from friends and have little energy to go about their day.
If you feel worried about yourself, feel like you might hurt yourself, or simply want to talk to someone - there are people always available for you.
Anonymously call or chat with a Childline counsellor anytime - 0800 1111.
If you are in immediate danger never hesitate to call 999.
There are also many resources on the Childline website that can help you when things get really overwhelming.
Is someone that you have met on the internet asking you to do things that make you feel uncomfortable? This might be cyberbullying or online grooming – our discussions on these topics can give you more information on what these are and what to do if you are experiencing these.
Always feel free to talk to someone at Childline.
Are you in immediate danger? - Never hesitate to call the police on 999.