40.1 per cent of Ontario post-secondary students felt so depressed within the last year, it was difficult to function.

Many people understand how someone can become depressed after a major life event. However, it is also possible to be depressed without such a trigger. The emotional and physical symptoms of depression can look different for each person. Some common ones include: loss of sleep, decreased appetite, loss of interest in things you once enjoyed, and feelings of worthlessness. Visit the PsychCentral® website for more information on depression.

When depression is unhealthy

Feeling low from time to time in your life is natural. It is your body’s way of moving your awareness to focus on self-care. When the low feelings are consistent over a period of time extending beyond a couple of weeks, then you may be experiencing depression. When depressed, it isn’t as easy as “snapping out of it” and it is ok to ask for help.

Self-help tips

  • Get regular exercise.
  • Embrace your spirituality.
  • Be with your family and friends.
  • Practice positive self-talk.
  • Begin your day by thinking of something positive you can accomplish.
  • Challenge your negative thoughts.

Where to seek help

  • Campus Health Centre.