In simple terms, depression is often described as being persistently sad for weeks or months at a time. However, it is much more complex than this. Research conducted by the Mental Health Foundation (2001) found that more than one in ten university students suffer from clinical depression.
Depression affects different people in different ways with a huge variety of symptoms. At its mildest, depression will make one feel low all the time and at its most severe, it can make a sufferer feel suicidal. Depression can be difficult to manage alone. If you think you are suffering from depression, seek help and support from your GP.
Spotting the signs
What to do if you think you have depression
Speaking to your academic advisors
Based on resources:
- Mental Health Foundation, 2001. Promoting Student Mental Health (pdf 27kb) (accessed 27 October 2020)
- Mind for better mental health, 2019. Self-care for depression. London: Mind (accessed 27 October 2020)
- National Union of Students, 2014. Mental Health. London: National Union of Students (accessed 27 October 2020)
- NHS Choices, 2019. Clinical depression – symptoms. Gov.uk: NHS Choices (accessed 27 October 2020)