Going to university could be the ‘best time of your life’, but the changes and opportunities that make it great can also leave you vulnerable to depression.
Mental health problems are more common in students than the general population, and depression is one of the main conditions seen by university counselling services.
Things get on top of everyone from time to time, but depression is when low mood takes over a person’s mental and physical wellbeing.
Why being a student can make you prone to depression
Tips to help ride the storm and increase self esteem
For information, resources and real student stories, visit the Students Against Depression website.
Rethink is a national charity for everyone affected by mental illness. Visit their webpages on depression.
The Mental Health Foundation has webpages on managing depression, including free audio podcasts which you can listen from the site or download for your phone or personal music player.
The Samaritans provide confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can contact them by phone, email, letter or face-to-face. Visit the Samaritans website for more details.
This MIND award nominated article in IMPACT: the University of Nottingham’s official student magazine highlighted the issue of loneliness.
(This link allows you to read the article - see pp 14-16)