Low mood and depression are very common issues, affecting many students. Depression is a serious and potentially very debilitating condition, which can be life threatening. If you think you may be suffering from depression it's important that you seek help as soon as possible.

It's always advisable to consult your GP if you are feeling persistently low, especially if your daily functioning is significantly affected. You should let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties affecting your studies - they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support. If you are contemplating harming yourself, urgent support is available.

You can learn skills to help you tackle low mood and milder depression, and there is a lot of other support available to start appropriate treatment for moderate to severe depression.

Library books

The University library has copies of the following books which could be useful:

  • Addis, M E & Martell, C - Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time - 616.85270651/ADD
  • Germer, C. K - The mindful path to self-compassion : freeing yourself from destructive thoughts and emotions - 153.83/GER
  • Gilbert, P - Overcoming Depression - 616.85270651/GIL
  • Greenberger, D & Padesky, C A - Mind over Mood - 616.89142/GRE
  • Rowe, D - Depression:The Way out of Your Prison - 616.8527/ROW
  • Strohsal, K. D & Robinson, P - The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression - 616.8914/STR
  • Williams, C - Overcoming Depression and Low Mood - 616.85270651/WIL
  • Williams, M et al - The Mindful Way through Depression - 616.85270651/WIL

Other resources

If you would like to research more around the topic of depression, the Student Wellbeing Service can recommend the following self-help resources:

Students Against Depression

This comprehensive self-help site offers information about how depression works and why it arises, along with step by step advice for self-help strategies, as well as guidance about getting the most from a variety of sources of support and treatment. It also hosts stories and blogs by students who tell their own stories of low mood and depression and provide tips and advice for dealing with it.

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Back from the Bluez

From a well-regarded Australian site, these popular downloadable CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) workbooks provide clear, easy to read information along with short exercises and activities to learn and apply skills for tackling common issues - in this case, depression. Many students have found these materials helpful.

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NHS Booklets on Low Mood and Depression

This page links to a series of excellent booklets providing information and self-help activities to learn skills for common issues, including low mood, depression, sleeping and self harm.

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Royal College of Psychiatrists

A number of relevant information pages from the Royal College of Psychiatrists include:

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Moodscope

A free online tool that enables people with depression to help themselves by monitoring their mood daily, based on the idea that simply monitoring something regularly can lead to positive change. Moodscope stores your scores every day, and plots them on a line graph so you can track your ups and downs as time goes by. You can also nominate someone to act as a ‘buddy’, who receives a daily email of your score so they can follow your progress.

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(You could also consider using the Student Wellbeing Service’s What’sUp app for monitoring your mood.)

Depression Alliance

Information, support and understanding for people who suffer with depression and for relatives who want to help. Self-help groups, information, and awareness-raising.

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BluePages

Free evidence-based Australian website providing information and tools related to medical, psychological and lifestyle interventions for depression.

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MoodGym

Free Australian online training program teaching cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression, which has been associated with significant reductions in symptoms of anxiety and depression following the use of two or more modules.

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Living Life to the Full

Free online skills course for people feeling distressed or anxious, which aims to help people understand their difficulties and make helpful changes to thinking, activities, sleep and relationships.

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Other self-help resources

Take a look at our other self-help resources.

Contact information
  • Student Wellbeing Service
  • Floor 2, Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ED
  • wellbeing-admin@port.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)23 9284 3466

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