Depression & Low Mood (T-TiME Season 1 Episode 1)

Depression & Low Mood (T-TiME Season 1 Episode 1)

Hello, and welcome to T-TiME. I am James
Mitchell and this is the first episode of a series of videos that we’re going
to be making with regards to mental health so I’m going to ask stupid questions
while we’re given great information by the fabulous Clare.
Give us a little intro. Who are you? Where are you from? so my name is Clare O’Brien, I am a
psychotherapist and I’m also the Mental Health Coordinator for a suicide prevention charity called 3Ts. You should be enjoying this video while having a cup
of tea. So, pause the video, pop the kettle on, sit down, relax, and get ready to learn
a little bit about yourself and the people around you. Today we are going to be talking about
depression and low mood. When I first met with 3Ts to talk about making
these videos, low mood – that was like the first time I had heard that phrase being
used. Depression can be used as a bit of a blanket term sometimes, right? Yeah, it
can be bandied around a lot instead of saying things like, “low mood”
and “feelings sad” people tend to say, “oh I’m so depressed”
But there is actually a market difference between feeling low, and
feeling sad, and feeling depressed. So low mood you might feel sad, you might cry,
you might withdraw a little bit, you might take the bed and watch that movie.
But it would only last a day or two, and you’d be quite vocal about it. Adele albums? – Yeah, a lot of Adele. Adele albums. Oh my God, ok. But, with depression you tend to be
slightly more secretive about it. The feelings are different – they’re a lot
more intense, so along with feeling sad and hurt and angry, you’d also feel
helpless and hopeless. They last for a lot longer. You would take to the
bed for three or four days in a row instead of maybe just one. Everyone gets low mood. Who gets depression? People more likely to get depression are those who
suffer from from trauma or abuses in their life, people who have had losses,
like a job loss, a relationship break down, people who have suffered griefs, who have
lost someone close to them, and then people who were being bullied or feel
isolated. But, it also just appears sometimes. It doesn’t always have a
source. People kind of think, “Oh you can just get over it, why don’t you just buy something? Why don’t you just do something fun?”
That’s not the case, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. Depression affects the four
main parts of who we are as people, so it affects your thoughts, your feelings,
your behaviours, and also your physical body. So you might feel really low, and I
feel really helpless, and hopeless. You’d also have thoughts around that, so you think,
“Well, I’m worthless, there’s no point in me going out, nobody loves me, nobody wants to
be around me.” You might have thoughts of hurting yourself. Then, also your
behaviours are then changed because of those thoughts. You will start staying
in more. Maybe you’ll use drugs and alcohol as a way of dealing with those thoughts,
and then finally, your physical body will see some side effects as well. So you may
get more headaches, you may need to sleep more, or you’re sleeping less because
you’re sitting up all night worrying about these things. Depression isn’t
something you can just get over. If you break a leg, there are certain things
that you do to help yourself. So, you wear a cast, you don’t walk on it for a couple
of weeks, maybe you get physio. Depression is the exact same thing. You’ve got to do
small incremental things that will help you get better over time. Maybe
encourage them to go to their GP There are loads of supports out there. It’s
important to note though, that people who have depression may not be suicidal. People
often put the two of them in the same basket. While there is a likelihood that
somebody with depression will also suffer from other mental health
illnesses, and possibly suicide, they don’t always come hand-in-hand, so it’s
important to make that distinction. Yeah, absolutely. I think though, it’s important
that people know the signs right? What are they? So, one of the things that 3Ts are trying to do is to teach people about loads of different mental health
issues, so we have a program called ‘Know the Signs’, and there are three parts to
it. So, you know the signs of what’s going on for that person, or in yourself. You
know the words to use to talk to somebody about it, and you also know the
supports. So, some of the signs can be similar to what we talked about,
depression – the thoughts, the feelings, the behaviours, in the physical body. What do
you see? What has changed? Are they isolating themselves more? Have they
stopped replying to your phone calls? Have they stopped going out? Do they talk about feeling more pessimistic than usual? And then you can talk to them about it. It’s a very sensitive subject. How do you approach that sort of thing with a conversation? It’s very important to not be judgmental, and not be critical at the person. This is
something they haven’t asked to deal with, this is just something they have to
deal with. So knowing what to say to them is really important. Knowing how to say
is important. So, use ‘I statements’. You talk about the concerns that you have
for them. So, something like, “I have noticed that you’re not coming out with
us as much”, “You’re not coming into college as much”, “I’m just wondering is there
something going on?” “Is there anything I can help you with?” and then maybe, if they
talk to you about how they’re feeling that’s when you want to involve somebody
else, so you could ask them who they’re conscious of talking to. Is there a
family member they could talk to? Would they consider going to their GP? Do
you need to help them get a councillor? There are also loads of helplines, and websites
out there as well. It’s really sad, because suicide continues to be the
biggest killer of young people in Ireland In fact, about three times as many
people die by suicide, than on our roads here in Ireland, and unfortunately, 10
times the amount of money goes into Road Safety than into a suicide prevention
program. And 3Ts are working to try and make this happen, right? They’re trying to make a Suicide Prevention Authority happen? Yeah, we’re trying to lobby for one, so it would be similar to the Road Safety Authority If you would like information on the suicide prevention authority that 3Ts are trying to
make happen, or if you’d like any information on what we’ve talked about
today, as well as an array of other topics available in the Self Help
Library, on the 3Ts website, go ahead and take a look at Make sure you tune in every week for one of these lovely videos, And, we have a little competition going on with these fabulous T-TiME mugs T-TiME right here, thanks to 3Ts, and JamesMitchellTV, who’s he? Sounds attractive. You can win one of these, all you have to do is comment and tag one of your friends in
the comments – someone you love, someone you’d like to give a hug in a mug to,
and you could win, they win you could both win, or you can share the mug, I guess. I’m James, she’s Clare, and until next time, Bye! Cheers!
Thanks for being here.



  • Rick Clements

    Well done Jamz! Glad to see you're doing something that would be beneficial to myself and others. I'm glad of it. 😊 Being an avid "Bitchell" however, couldn't help anticipating a "Spice bag BITCH!" Somewhere in the video. 😂👍🏻

  • Killian Glynn

    Great vid, informative with a little touch of humour. Well done James and Clare ^_^

  • Roisin Murphy

    amazing video yet again James .. very informative well done for addressing such a serious, widespread issue with the JM flare !! 💜💙💚💛

  • Kev Anathra

    Looking forward to future episodes.

  • Matthew Fraser

    Welcome back James.

  • Gina D. Torres

    This series is such a great idea. Thank you, James, for starting a conversation about mental health!

  • ColinFilm

    This is a fantastic video. Mental health is often so stigmatized and barely discussed. I've had experiences with depression and low mood before and I feel that if I had something like this at the time, I might been able to see the signs sooner.

    This is definitely gonna help a lot of people out there. Brilliant job, James! :}

  • Jill Mc Mahon

    I suffer with depression on and off and am very vocal about it – I think being open and honest is the best way for me to get a handle on it and not let it (or more often, its stigma) overwhelm me. However, as much as we hear about "mental health issues" in the media, I feel that we still skirt around the main points – What IS depression? What different types are there? What symptoms or behaviours or signs should we look for? What do you say to someone who's going through it? What is the cause, if any? Who is there to help and how difficult is the recovery? I'm not even sure that people fully understand how difficult and sometimes distrubing it can be to watch someone you know and love going through it – it's great that we mention mental health more easily now, but I still think we don't properly understand the difficult process of admitting the problem, living with the problem, finding the best recovery for that problem and even how difficult the journey to recovery can be.This video is exactly what I've been looking forward to seeing – great job, can't wait for more xx

  • Clarafication

    Excellent video James <3 really is an eye opener xx

  • DJ DeVito

    Great video James! really looking forward to more from this series! Suicide is an epidemic in Ireland and really needs addressing! My family has lost two uncles to suicide and my home town has been plagued with suicide over the years so I know all too well about the damage it causes. Would love to learn more about depression and ways to help people out. Again, great stuff 👌 and I must say that you'd make a fantastic presenter 👍

  • rianmilit

    This was such a great video, thanks!

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