Depression is one of the most common mental health issues experienced by students. Symptoms associated with depression can include feeling sad for long periods of time (more than two consecutive weeks), a loss of interest in day-to-day activities, changes in sleep patterns and appetite and difficulty concentrating. Overall, a bout with depression can affect your ability to remember things clearly, maintain healthy relationships and accomplish your goals at school, work and your personal life.
There is no one cause of depression. Depressive episodes can be brought on by biological factors such as a chemical imbalance in the brain, psychological factors such as a person’s tendency to think negative thoughts or environmental factors such as the death of a loved one.
If you think you may be depressed, one of the best things you can do is schedule an appointment with a counsellor. They will help you pinpoint why you are feeling depressed and create a plan of action to get you feeling better. To schedule an appointment with a counsellor at Red River College, complete the online intake form.
If you’re not ready to meet with a counsellor just yet but still want more information, there are many great online resources. A great place to start is DepressionHurts.ca or checking out the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.