How to Help Someone Struggling With Depression

How to Help Someone Struggling With Depression

Mental health disorders can blight a student's life, causing their academic attainment to fall, sometimes leading them to drop out of university altogether.

A friend who has recently become distant could be struggling with a lot more than their workload, and it is important to reach out and assist those who may be dealing with a mental health issue.

A study in 2007 identified 27% of students sampled had carried out at least one incident of self harm, with more than 10% carrying this out whilst a student at university. These shocking figures further exemplify the need to identify and treat mental health problems amongst the student population.

Care in Mind have compiled a few tips on how to approach a situation with a friend and help someone who is struggling.

Dr David Kingsley, the consultant adolescent psychiatrist at Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal, in Cheshire, shared his advice on how to help a friend if you think they are struggling with depression.

Show concern about them and let them know that you have noticed something different about them recently

How To Help Someone Struggling with Mental Health issues

Useful websites and helplines:

Samaritans, open 24 hours a day, on 08457 90 90 90

Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393

Students Against Depression, a website by students, for students.

HopeLine runs a confidential advice helpline if you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide. Mon-Fri 10-5pm and 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm on 0800 068 41 41

Student Minds To join the community or launch a student group contact the charity on


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