It is no secret that depression is pervasive among students. There is no single reason for this.
I don’t claim to know much about depression. Experience of depression, though widespread, can differ for every individual and it is important to recognise this.
However, one noticeable aspect is that depression is repeatedly misunderstood.
Mental health issues are often regarded in a completely different way to physical illness. ‘Just change how you think’, ‘Have you tried being happy?’ and ‘At least try and make an effort…’ are all but too common in response to discussing mental health issues. This can undermine the gravity of depression, which is not something to be taken lightly just because we cannot see it.
While I am certainly not an expert on depression, various forums exist where such issues can be discussed within a university context.
Most universities have a counselling service and LSE is no different. The LSE Student Counselling Service offers a free and confidential service for LSE students and runs specific workshops on depression. Appointments are available through email or in person.
Students Against Depression is a website which provides advice, information, guidance and resources for those affected.
Alternatively, London Nightline is a confidential listening, support and information service for students in London. The phone service operates from 6pm-8am every day during term time and the number is 020 7631 0101. You can contact them via email, instant messaging and Skype.
The Samaritans provide a 24 hour confidential listening service. Their phone number is 08457 90 90 90. They have an email and mail service as well, or the option to visit a local branch.
I hope you find support if you should need it.