We can all feel low at times, most of the time we can put it down to a bad day and forget it. But, sometimes feeling low can begin to affect your ability to carry out day to day tasks, like going to lectures or getting out of bed in a morning. It’s important to recognise when feeling low becomes depression and be able to get some help.
You can discuss concerns or difficulties you are experiencing in a confidential and supportive atmosphere with the UCLan student counselling service.
There is a difference between feeling low and having depression. The Students Against Depression website explains that ‘it is a debilitating, sometimes life-threatening, condition that needs to be taken seriously and dealt with promptly. Knowledge is power - understand depression so that you will be able to tackle it.’ Students Against Depression has student stories, how to help a friend, and practical help and advice. It also provides information on warning signs for depression, understanding depression and strategies that can help. NHS Choices has a depression self-assessment test to help assess whether you could have depression. This is for information and is not intended to replace a consultation with a GP. Your GP can discuss your feelings and help diagnose depression.
Living Life to the Full is a free online self-help course for mild/moderate depression. And the Big White Wall is an online community of people who are feeling down who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals. Available 24/7, it is also available as an app.