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.

Students Against Depression

Students Against Depression offers information and resources validated by health professionals alongside tips and advice from students who have experienced it all themselves.


The website contains resources designed to increase understanding about depression and includes some suggested lifestyle changes which may help.

Student Minds

Student Minds delivers research-driven training and support to equip students to support each other to change the state of student mental health.


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 or email or find the details for the local branch online

Phone: 08457 90 90 90

There is also lots of useful information on the Royal College of Psychiatry website


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