Did you know - 17% of people will experience suicidal thoughts throughout their lifetime?

Please note: if you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms mentioned below, this does not mean you have a mental health problem, but you should talk to someone if you have concerns.

What is depression?

Some doctors believe depression is caused by low levels of a chemical in your brain called serotonin. Others believe it is triggered by events in your life. In general, depression is feeling low or down for a long time, but it affects people in different ways.

Other symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling tired a lot of the time
  • Being self-critical
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Not wanting to do things you used to enjoy
  • Difficulty concentrating/sleeping
  • Becoming stuck in a negative thought pattern
  • Possibly wanting to self-harm or end your life
  • Lack of appetite

To find out more about depression, please read this information on the MIND charity website.

Managing your depression

There are things people with depression can do to help their mood, but it can be hard to find the motivation. Please contact the Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service for advice and tools to manage your mental health. The team provide a drop-in service (currently available by appointment) every weekday.