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Low mood and depression

At HSR Psychology, we provide a variety of interventions and assessments to support children and young people who experience low mood or depression.

What is low mood and depression?

Low mood is when a person is feeling down and it can negatively affect the way children or young people think, behave or feel, impacting their emotional, academic or social functioning. 

Indicators of low mood can include: 

Depression is usually identified when low mood lasts for an extended period of time.

Low mood and depression can have a negative effect on children and young people and can impact numerous areas of their life. Identifying needs and the most suited intervention early reduces the secondary effects of low mood and depression, such as suicidal thoughts, self-harm, isolation and withdrawal, time off school and/or work.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How is low mood and depression assessed?

Low mood and depression can be assessed through a clinical interview, questionnaires, and standardised tests. During these tests, the child or young person will be asked about their mood, thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how these may be affecting them. The psychologist may also speak to the relevant people around the child or young person. The psychologist may also ask for a detailed history of any mental health problems in the child or young person’s family history. 

There are times when assessing for low mood and depression involves ruling out other conditions, or vice versa. Low mood and depression may be a side effect of a different condition, in which case the initial cause will aim to be identified during the assessment to make recommendations effective and appropriate for the individual. Depression can be an indicator of bipolar disorder which involves cycles of depression followed by cycles of high moods where you may feel hyperactive and ‘wired’. Taking a thorough history and carrying out a thorough assessment enables the HSR Psychology professional to appropriately identify needs.

What happens after an assessment for low mood and depression?

After an assessment for low mood and depression, a child or young person’s needs are recognised so we can recommend specialist interventions. A specialist intervention decreases the risk of any difficulties escalating. At HSR Psychology we have a team of professionals with a wealth of experience working with children and young people with low mood and depression so are able to provide psychological support following an intervention. Any needs identified may be written up into a report - brief or comprehensive. Reports and follow-up work can be talked about at the initial discussion.

What specialist interventions do we offer?

Our psychologists offer numerous interventions appropriate for young adults and children with low mood and depression. We will choose interventions based on the individual and their circumstances. We provide a number of interventions including:

Before taking place, the interventions will be discussed and agreed upon. Interventions provide strategies to children, young people and their families to support them with low mood and depression now and in the future.

What is the cost of an assessment for low mood and depression?

Assessment complexity can vary and needs related to low mood and depression differ on an individual basis it is difficult to give an approximate cost, following an initial discussion we will be able to provide a fixed cost.

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Low mood and depression can have a different impact depending on the child or young person and differs based on age and stage of development. Identification of needs early and effective intervention provides strategies and helps improve the outcome of the child or young person with low mood and depression. An assessment for low mood and depression for a child or young person is available through us. Please contact us for more information and to see what help we can offer.

What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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