Depression is a serious mental health condition that can affect your life in a variety of ways. Spot the signs and find out where to get help.

Life is full of ups and downs and university can bring additional pressures. In 2018, one in five university students had a mental health diagnosis, with depression being the most common condition (source: University Student Mental Health Survey 2018, published by The Insight Network). 

In simple terms, depression is described as being persistently sad for weeks or months at a time. However, it is much more complex than this.

Depression affects different people in different ways with a huge variety of symptoms. At its mildest, depression will make someone 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. 

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