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
Watch the World Health Organization videoAt its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression.
Learn more and sign up for MoodGymLearn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.
Listen: The new psychology of depression
Listen to the podcastsUniversity of Oxford podcasts: Professor Mark Williams, Research Fellow at Oxford University, discusses the new psychology of depression.
Listen: Ruby Wax talks about her book on mindfulness and how mindfulness has changed her life
Listen to Ruby Wax talks to David BaddielIt'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.
What to do if you are feeling actively suicidal when usual services may be closed:
If you are about to harm yourself or have already done so, phone 999 or immediately go to the Emergency Department at your local hospital.
There is a university mental health advisor on duty Monday–Thursday 9:00–17:00 and Friday 9:00–16:30. You can contact them by calling 01752 587676.
You can also contact campus security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you have no immediate plans to harm yourself, the below services may be helpful:
The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)
Visit the eMC websiteThe electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) contains up to date, easily accessible information about medicines licensed for use in the UK.
Visit the HeadMeds websiteHeadMeds 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.
- UPSU Advice can help with appeals, academic dishonesty, complaints, extenuating circumstances and much more.
- Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
- Chinese Lantern is a helpline that offers support to the Chinese community. It is available for staff, students and their families. Call 0808
802 0012, visit their website or connect on WeChat (WeChat ID: BACWG89).
Andy's Man Club
A peer-to-peer support group for men
Andy's Man Club is a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues and problems they have faced or are currently facing. Come have a brew and a chat. #itsokaytotalk
All our groups meet on Mondays at 19.00. Visit the Andy's Man Club website to find your nearest group.
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.
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: