What is Depression?

Depression is a very common condition that can range from persistent negative feelings to a very disruptive emotional state.  Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and numbness can become overwhelming and make completing everyday tasks very difficult. You may feel weighed down and like everything is an effort, or agitated and restless but lacking the energy to do anything about it. It’s always good to seek help early on, however, it is never too late to get the support you need.

Am I depressed?

If you think you might be depressed, it’s a good idea to talk to your GP or a therapist about the feelings you’ve been experiencing. If you do have depression, there are various treatment options, as well as support groups and resources that can help you manage living with depression without becoming overwhelmed.

You can take a self test, depression quiz, and read up on the symptoms if you are unsure. It may be that you are having trouble in your life, or with processing emotions, without having a mental health condition. That being the case, it’s still worth getting help in dealing with these issues, to improve your well-being and prevent these feelings from escalating.

Services in Victoria: (under 25s)

Mental wellness support group:

Mental wellness support group runs on alternative Tuesdays with anxiety support group, in the same time and space. It’s a confidential space to talk about neurodivergence and navigating study, work and relationships.

Counselling and Psychological Services UniMelb

This service is free and completely confidential for UniMelb staff and students.

Location: Level 5, 757 Swanston Street (stop 1), Parkville Campus
Disabled access: at the rear of 757 Swanston Street (North-West side)

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Wednesday: 9am-6pm during semester

Phone: +61 3 8344 6927


UniMelb Health Services

UniMelb health services can work with you to create a mental health care plan, as well as providing low-cost psychiatric care on an on-going basis.

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