Students, Depression and Anxiety

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depression988574_939414029434668_5086970315987865386_nI know some of you are finding it rather tough at University at the moment so I’ll share some well known Churchillian motivational comments with you. Churchill suffered from depression or ‘the black dog’ as he called it so he wasn’t ‘just’ fighting external battles:

‘When you’re going through Hell, keep going.’

‘It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.’

‘One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.’

‘Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.’

For those of you who already battle anxiety or depression University can add to the pressure. Mark Pacitti created the website Dancing With the Black Dog offering a free ebook detailing his own battle with depression. He also started the It’s Ok to Say You’re Not OK campaign to try to raise awareness and provide practical help for those struggling and often feeling desperately alone. He also shares some great cartoons for those moments when you can smile through the tears or gritted teeth  🙂 .

More posts to come. Hang in there and click over to the guys at Dancing With the Black Dog on Facebook.