It is natural to experience low mood at times, particularly if you are going through something difficult. Sometimes these low feelings can become more persistent, and surface regardless of what is going on.
Everyone's experience of depression is different, and there is a wide variety of symptoms. Some of theseare:
Depression spans a spectrum. At one end you can struggle on, leading a relatively normal life, but feeling awful. On the other end, depression may lead to feeling suicidal. Many people experience depression at some point in their lives, and it’s important to think about what might help you if you experience it.
If you feel suicidal, you may want to read more in our suicidal thoughts topic section or if you are concerned about your safety, visit our Help in a Crisis page.
The Samaritans are available for confidential emotional support to anyone who feels depressed or in crisis. They offer a 24-hour helpline, email listening support, or you can visit a local branch if you prefer to speak to someone face to face.
Students Against Depression is a useful resource about depression and suicide. The site includes stories from other students about their experiences of feeling depressed and advice about self help.
For more detailed information about the symptoms pf depression and ways to respond to depression.