Depression & Anxiety

It's okay not to be okay

Depression is more than just feeling upset or sad – it is a serious condition which makes coping with day-to-day life to be hard and leaves you feeling down most of the time.

Depression is pretty common, especially at uni. Around one in four Australians will experience a depressive disorder. Luckily there is a heap of help on campus, online and everywhere you look!

Signs

While we all go through periods of sadness, stress and being upset, when those symptoms seem to continue for more than a couple of weeks you may need to seek help! Here a a couple of the signs to look out for! 

Feelings 

Overwhelmed // Guilty // Irritable // Frustrated // Lacking in confidence // Unhappy // Indecisive // Disappointed // Miserable  

Behaviour

Not going out anymore // Not getting things done at work/uni // Withdrawing from close family and friends // Relying on alcohol and sedatives // Not doing usual enjoyable activities // Unable to concentrate 

Physical

Tired all the time // Sick and run down // Headaches and muscle pains // Churning gut // Sleep problems // Loss or change of appetite // Significant weight loss or gain


Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in the nation 

On average, one in four people will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. Balancing uni, work, socialising and other big changes, being a student is a stressful time, making us more susceptible to anxiety.

Signs & Symtoms

Physical: panic attacks, hot and cold flushes, racing heart, tightening of the chest, quick breathing, restlessness, or feeling tense, wound up and edgy

Psychological: excessive fear, worry, catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking 

Behavioural: avoidance of situations that make you feel anxious which can impact on study, work or social life

Types of anxiety 

  • Social anxiety disorder: anxiety in social situations, often rooted in the fear of doing something wrong and being judged by others. 

  • Panic disorder: repeated panic attacks and worry about future panic attacks. 

  • Agoraphobia: anxiety about having a panic attack in certain situations and not being able to escape or to get help. 

  • Specific phobias: intense fear of objects or situations (e.g. dogs).

beyondblue

Call or chat online with a trained mental health professional. They'll be there to listen, offer support and point you in the right direction.

Find out more here.

Lifeline

For urgent assistance call Lifeline which is a 24-hour telephone counselling service. 13 11 14

Find out more here.

Kids Help Line

A free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people between five and 25. 1800 55 1800

Find out more here.

Black Dog Institute

Information on symptoms, treatment and prevention of depression and bipolar disorder.

Find out more here.

Online Help

MoodGYM

A popular interactive program that teaches cognitive-behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression. Participation is free and anonymous.

Get gymming!

ReachOut NextStep

This online app can help young people who are going through a tough time to access the most appropriate support services for them, based on their own unique symptoms and experiences.

Ready to reach out?

connectEDSpace Forum

ipsheets, news and useful links to help young people manage problems and issues such as bullying, relationships, stress and mental health, and conflict with parents.

Ask a question on the forum!

Bite Back

Share real and personal stories with others, check out videos, blogs and interviews of interesting people, check and track your mental fitness, and get your teeth stuck in to a bunch of activities.

Start a 6 week challenge!

Looking for more info or support?

Wellness Warriors

If you or a friend are struggling it's important to seek professional help!

UNSW Student Counselling Services

P:+ 61 2 9385 5418

E:counselling@unsw.edu.au

H:Monday to Friday 9am-5pm