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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that you experience during particular seasons or times of year. Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life. 

If you have SAD, you’ll tend experience depression at the same time each year, or because of certain types of weather or temperature. Symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter although some people with SAD may have symptoms during the summer and feel better during the winter.

On this page, you can find, factsheets, tips and information, podcasts, apps and videos that can help you understand more about seasonal affective disorder, its causes and how to find ways to manage it that works for you. 

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These factsheets will help you understand the different types of depression, what causes it and the different types of support available. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder from Mind

Overview – Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) from NHS inform

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) from Age UK

Seasonal Affective Disorder fromMental Health Foundation

Beating the winter blues from NHS inform

Organisations and services

Here is a list of UK wide organisations who can help.

Depression UK 


If you are looking for support in your area, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you.

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