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.