However, I have to tell you a little about myself in order to start this diary. I'm currently studying English Literature and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick in England. I'm in my very early twenties and at the beginning of this academic year, I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression.
So why am I writing this? Well, being depressed at university can be a very challenging experience, and I hope that by sharing my thoughts and experiences, I'll encourage several things:
- Depression and other mental illnesses must cease to be a taboo and something people are ashamed of.
- People should feel more able to seek help if they think they're suffering with mental illness.
- Students need to be more aware of those around them and how they might be feeling.