When I looked at my Stat Counter, I was stunned to find that dozens of people had viewed my blog from a site called The Student Room in the United Kingdom. The subject was depression and suicide. I'm assuming they're students and I must tell you that the thread of conversation was so distressing to me.
If you're a college or university student, I want you to know that you're not alone in feeling depressed. I don't have statistics for the United Kingdom, but depression on college campuses has dramatically risen. According to Social Work Today, "College-aged students are more likely to experience depression than other age groups, according to published studies, statistics from mental health organizations, and observations by social workers and other professionals working with the college population.
"The 2005 National College Health Assessment (NCHA), a survey of nearly 17,000 college students conducted by the American College Health Association, revealed that 25% reported they “felt so depressed it was difficult to function” three to eight times during the past year and 21% reported they “seriously considered suicide” one or more times during the past year. In the NCHA survey, students also ranked depression as one of the top 10 impediments to academic performance."
If you're a college student in the United States, I do know that many student health services provide support, and I'm providing a link for Suicide Prevention Resources. If you're in the United Kingdom, I would imagine that every university has some sort of program, but the one I could find online is called Samaritans and there were other listings on a site called GriefNet.org.
What's important to realize is that you don't have to continue to feel despairing. I have no medical training and this blog isn't the right resource for you, but know that I have personally survived more than 120 depressive episodes. There is help available. Don't suffer in silence! Our thoughts are with you!