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Infographic showing the warning signs of depression and steps to help


Signs to look out for:

  • Feelings of continued sadness/depression
  • Loss of interest and motivation
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Erratic mood swings
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Thoughts of harming yourself and/or others
  • Feeling like there is no way out
  • Engaging in risky/reckless behaviour, such as excessive substance use, over/under-eating, cutting and sleeping excessively

What to do?

For yourself

For a friend

  • Talk/Listen to your friend in a non-judgemental way
  • Encourage them to seek professional help
  • If they refuse help ,TELL SOMEONE! e.g. a family member, hall co-ordinator, lecturer, or CCDU
  • Is your friend struggling and you’re not sure what to do? Read up more on helping a friend | Read up more info on suicide

Find mental health articles here.

Wits Student Crisis Line  0800 111 331 (24/7/365)