Is it too much to talk about depression?

By Shamim Talla

Depression. The word itself can carry a weight, shrouded in stigma and misunderstanding. But for millions around the world, it’s a harsh reality.  A critical question emerges: are we talking about it enough, especially when it comes to a group often perceived as invincible – university students?

Studies show a concerning trend depression is significantly more prevalent among university students than the general population.  The pressure to excel, social anxieties, financial burdens, and the fear of failure all coalesce to create a perfect storm for mental health struggles.

Yet, a culture of silence often surrounds depression.  Students might hesitate to reach out, fearing judgment or appearing weak. This can have devastating consequences, as untreated depression can significantly impact academic performance, social life, and even lead to suicidal thoughts.

The good news is, the tide is slowly turning. Celebrities and social media influencers are increasingly opening up about their battles with depression. Universities are implementing programs to raise awareness and normalize seeking help.

Depression thrives in the shadows. By shedding light on it, we can create a more supportive environment where students feel empowered to reach out and get the help they need. Remember, depression doesn’t define you. It’s a treatable condition, and open communication is the first step towards a brighter future.

Recent studies suggest that school mental health programs may not be beneficial and could even have a negative effect. What has been your experience?


2 thoughts on “Is it too much to talk about depression?”

  1. Mental health is very important and people need to start therapy sessions even when they are okay mentally.

  2. Depression brought about by peer pressure… resulting in low self esteem, self-doubt and self-hate. It peaked after joining University, where instead of growing and seeing myself becoming more, I felt lesser than everyone else because I compared myself to others instead of focusing on my own uniqueness. This drove me to doing what I could do to please others and putting their needs before mine just to feel “included” and this ruined me. Until I could no longer hide behind the facade of a smile and found help within trustworthy friends and honestly mostly within God. I testify to His mercies and unending graces every single day.

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