Hear Keith's story
Keith talks about his positive experience returning to education after a number of years out of work because of depression.
I had a black dog, his name was depression
At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression.Watch the World Health Organization video
Mind: What is depression?
It gets brighter: messages of hope
Student Minds blog: Depression
The Guardian: Actor 'The Rock' and depression
NHS: Depression and low mood self help guide
Students Againt Depression: website resources
The Language of Mental Illness and Higher Education
Blog: What you can do to help yourself
Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.Learn more and sign up for MoodGym
Listen: The new psychology of depression
University of Oxford podcasts: Professor Mark Williams, Research Fellow at Oxford University, discusses the new psychology of depression.Listen to the podcasts
Listen: Ruby Wax talks about her book on mindfulness and how mindfulness has changed her life
It's a rare person who hasn't experienced low mood, feelings of anxiety but for many of us it will become more than just the odd bad day or evening.Listen to Ruby Wax talks to David Baddiel
What to do if you are feeling actively suicidal:
If you are about to harm yourself or have already done so, phone 999 or get yourself to your local hospital’s accident and emergency. Call an all-hours support service:
The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)
The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) contains up to date, easily accessible information about medicines licensed for use in the UK.Visit the eMC website
HeadMeds gives young people in the United Kingdom general information about medication. HeadMeds does not give you medical advice. Please talk to your doctor or anyone else who is supporting you about your own situation because everyone is different.Visit the HeadMeds website
Additional self-help resources
We also have a range of leaflets, presentations and audio files created by staff at the University that may be helpful.
Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline for students
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
- In-the-moment emotional and counselling support for all University of Plymouth students
- Accessible by phone, email and via LiveCONNECTSM instant messaging
- Information and advice on a range of studying, work, family and personal issues
- Completely independent from the university.
If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.
If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.
For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: