Depression and anxiety can affect anyone at any stage of their life. Research suggests that up to 1 in 4 people will experience a problem with depression or anxiety at some point in their life.
Leaving home, going to university, getting your first job can be a really exciting time, but it can also be really stressful. Studying, the pressures of deadlines and exams, managing your money, and sorting out your accommodation for the first time, can all be a bit too much. As well as all of this, you are trying to meet new people and get to know them, whilst missing old friends and your family, who you cannot see or speak to as often.
Even if you are choosing to remain at home, negotiating relationships with parents as you become an adult can be challenging.
For some people the stress associated with these changes is short lived and soon passes. However for others it can be longer lasting and they may need some additional support to feel better.
It is important to recognise that experiencing these difficulties does not make someone ‘weak’ or ‘strange’ and that there is support available to help you overcome your difficulties and increase your quality of life.
The Steps to Wellbeing service can provide support, advice and treatment. Alternatively universities and colleges have access to their own in-house counselling service.
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.