Depression is different to simply feeling down. It is an illness with a range of symptoms, and it is important to get treatment and support to get you on the road to recovery.

There are many symptoms of depression, including low mood, low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and sleep problems, and depression can affect different people in different ways. If you think you may be depressed, consider doing this self-assessment to help you evaluate whether you are suffering from depression.

It is important to seek help from your doctor if you think you may be depressed. You can also make an appointment with one of Imperial's student counsellors.

If you or someone you know are feeling emotionally distressed, the following organisations offer advice and support.

Further information and advice

  • Blurt: resources designed to increase understanding about depression and includes some suggested lifestyle changes which may help.
  • Students Against Depression: information and resources validated by health professionals alongside tips and advice from students with personal experience.
  • Student Minds: delivers research-driven training and support to equip students to support each other to change the state of student mental health and produces a range of information and resources.
  • Royal College of Psychiatry: publishes a range of useful information on mental health.

In an emergency

In an emergency, for instance if you are feeling suicidal, go to your local A&E or your doctor.

Mind's guide to mental health crisis services explains the services available, how they can help and when to access them. It also provides guidance on how you can plan for a crisis.

Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope, round the clock, every single day of the year. It provides a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential. Get in touch by phone 08457 90 90 90 or email

You can ring HOPELineUK on 0800 068 41 41 (10am - 10pm Monday-Friday, 2pm-10pm weekends) or CALM (for men) on 0800 58 58 58 (daily 5pm-midnight). 

If you are outside of the UK, you can call Befrienders Worldwide.