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Spot the signs

Signs to look out for if you’re worried about your mental health.

Common mental health conditions

Anxiety and depression are two of the conditions that people most commonly experience.

Here are some signs to be aware of:

  • Continuous low mood or sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feeling anxious or noticing an increase in worry
  • Being irritable and intolerant of others
  • Little enjoyment of things that you normally like
  • Withdrawing from others and not wanting to socialise
  • Crying more than usual
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Disturbed sleep such as problems going to sleep or waking throughout the night
  • Thoughts about suicide can also be a common symptom of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. It is more common that you think, and help and support is always available.

There are many other mental health conditions, and their severity, symptoms and treatment vary. Mental Health charity Mind provides a quick guide to different conditions.

The NHS provides a depression and anxiety self-assessment quiz, which you may also find useful, alongside an introduction to mental health conditions including depression and anxiety.

When to seek support

If you are experiencing problems that are affecting your studies or general wellbeing – whether or not they’re listed above – we're here to help. It’s as simple as that.

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