Don’t let student stress spiral into depressionBy Sophie
Depression: help is here!
Everyone has a ‘blue’ day sometimes, but for a substantial number of students each year the normal stresses of uni can spiral into more persistent low mood, anxiety, or depression.
Do you know the warning signs? If you are concerned about yourself or about someone else you know then check them out at StudentsAgainstDepression.org.
The award-winning Students Against Depression website offers comprehensive, clinically-validated self-help resources coupled with real student stories and blogs about strategies for overcoming depression.
Ben was one of the original student consultants who helped develop the site:
I felt so much stronger in my self, once I'd come out of the depression. Even though I'd had help, I'd sought that help myself. Now I feel more confident than I think I ever have because I've seen what's in me - that I can get through things even when I was convinced I couldn't.
Each year a new group of student consultants joins the site to offer their experiences and blog about their ongoing strategies for overcoming depression:
It's been so helpful to be able to read about and talk to other students who have struggled with depression or other mental health issues. Before I got involved with this I felt like it was just me who was unable to fit in with 'normal' students and immerse myself in 'the student experience'. Dani
We get regular feedback from site users who say it’s really helped:
As a kid I thought depression was a made-up term and it would never affect me, but after two years of constant negative thought loops and not being unable to function, I was turning into a person I hated. I found your site and it helped me identify and cope with these feelings… the people that made this site probably saved my life – thank you!
Read more about Ben, Dani and the many other students who have shared their stories at StudentsAgainstDepression.org. You can even send us your own story, or apply to be a student blogger.
You can also follow us on Twitter @StudentVDepress.