Depression

Digital resources

  • Students Against Depression offers information and resources validated by health professionals alongside tips and advice from students who have experienced it all themselves.
  • Kristen Neff is a leading expert on self-compassion. Her website includes research and exercises to improve self-compassion.
  • Action For Happiness promote actions you can take to improve mood, based on positive psychology.
  • The Mix have a range of information and support for young people. This page describes one girls experience of depression at University.
  • Rethink provide information and support for a range of mental health issues including depression.
  • The Chinese Mental Health Association specialises in providing community based mental health assistance and support to the Chinese community in the UK.
  • Mind is a national mental health charity which offers a range of resources about depression and antidepressant medication.

Apps

Videos/films/talks

Podcasts/audio downloads

Online courses

Blogs and vlogs

Leaflets

Books

  • McKenzie K. (2009). 'Understanding Depression'. Family Doctor Publications Limited.
  • Gilbert, P. (2009). 'Overcoming depression: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques' (3rd Edition). Robinson.
  • Williams, M., Teasdale, Z.S., Kabat-Zinn, J. (2007) 'The Mindful Way through Depression'. Guilford Press.

Support groups (face-to-face and online)

  • Big White Wall is an anonymous online resource available to you for free as a Bristol University student.
  • A friend in need is an online supportive community, hosted by Mind for anyone experiencing depression.
  • Changes Bristol run a range of support groups in Bristol for adults experiencing mental distress.

Helplines

  • Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day on their helpline: Tel: 116 123.
  • Bristol Mindline is a confidential helpline for anyone in distress. Open Wednesday to Sunday 8pm to midnight. Tel: 0808 808 0330.
  • The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) host a helpline and webchat for men experiencing depression or who are concerned about others. It is open from 5pm to midnight every day. Tel: 0800 58 58 58.
  • Nightline: call this dedicated phoneline for advice and a listening ear during the night. Students run this service. 
    Tel: +44 (0)117 926 6266. Open 8pm to 8am , Monday to Friday, term time.

Professional support

You can see your doctor to talk about depression. Together you can check if there could be an underlying physical cause. You can also discuss options for support including medication and talking treatments.

We run several groups that can help you cope with depression.

Bristol Wellbeing Therapies is the NHS service in Bristol that offers support for adults experiencing anxiety and depression. They run an number of groups and workshops as well as providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Other support and services

There are a number of other counselling services in Bristol who can help you. They are free or low cost.

Our Health and Wellbeing pages offer support and advice on all aspects of life as a student. 

Big White Wall

Big White Wall helps you to get support, take control and feel better when you are anxious, low or not coping.

The online service is free, available 24/7 and completely anonymous.

  • Chat to other members who may be experiencing the same things as you
  • Access a range of tools to help you self-manage
  • Set goals and track progress
  • Access articles, videos and online courses.

Use Big White Wall

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