Depression and Low Moods

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Depression & Low Moods

 

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems faced by people in the UK, and whilst there are many signs and symptoms of depression, everyone’s experience will vary.

We all feel down at times and it’s natural to occasionally go through periods of low mood. A low mood may see you experience symptoms such as:

  • sadness
  • feeling anxious or panicky
  • worry
  • tiredness
  • low self-esteem
  • frustration
  • anger

However a low mood should typically lift after a few days or weeks, and can be helped by taking small steps such as getting more sleep, resolving issues that may be troubling you or talking to someone about your problems – whether this is a friend, family member of a member of staff at SHU.

However a low mood that does not lift after two weeks could be a sign of depression. Depression is a mental disorder, and much different to generally feeling down, with symptoms which may include

  • not getting any enjoyment out of life
  • feeling hopeless
  • feeling tired or lacking energy
  • not being able to concentrate on everyday things watching television
  • comfort eating or losing your appetite
  • having suicidal thoughts or thoughts about harming yourself

However you are experiencing depression or low moods, it is important to seek help if these negative feelings aren’t going away, if you feel like you’re struggling to cope or if they’re stopping you from carrying on with your daily life.

Lots of help is available, though if you start to feel like you want to harm yourself or that your life isn’t worth living, get help straight away – either call NHS 111 or speak to your GP. You can also call the Samaritans on 116 123 for 24-hour confidential, non-judgemental emotional support.

Watch this short video from Mind, on what it’s like to have depression:

 

 

There are a huge number of different ways you can access support or help if you’re feeling down or if you are suffering with depression:
 

Big White Wall  provides 24/7 online peer and professional support, with trained counsellors. Big White Wall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings and learn how to improve and self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.

Nightline is a student-run, confidential and anonymous listening and information service with phone lines open from 8pm to 8am every night during term time. You can call on 0114 222 8787 and you can also email them on nightline@sheffield.ac.uk where you’ll receive a response within 48 hours.

The Campaign Against Living Miserable (CALM) is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, and offers a helpline (0800 585858) as well as webchat to support men of any age in the UK who are down or in crisis.