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Gloom, depression & suicidal thoughts

The pressures of studying and social life are not just fun for everyone. It requires a good approach, discipline and focus. Sometimes that doesn't work out.
What is it? 

You brood a lot and notice that you suffer from all kinds of gloomy thoughts. This makes you feel down and you notice that the gloominess is increasing. Sometimes there is a clear reason for this, and sometimes not. In a conversation with the student psychologist, you explore what your gloominess looks like and what causes it.  

It is important to contact your general practioner in good time. For example, if there is a disrupted sleep rhythm, a gloomy mood throughout the day, clearly reduced interest & pleasure in activities, fatigue or loss of energy throughout the days, feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of death. The general practioner can refer you to further counselling and therapy. Fontys student psychologists are happy to think with you. We do not offer long-term therapy, although this is often desirable for these problems. 


What can you do yourself? 

See your general practioner in time. Talk about it. You can do this with friends, your sweetheart, your parents or your student coach. The important thing is that you feel safe about it. And talk to yourself above all. Without judgement. Unfortunately, difficult periods are part of life. Fortunately, they do not always have to lead to depression. And difficult thoughts do not immediately lead to suicidal thoughts. Think about what gives you positive energy. And realise at all times: you are not your thoughts. Think about when they don't bother me and what am I doing? 

Even if it is difficult, stick to a healthy rhythm. That includes fixed bedtimes and meals, and be careful with alcohol and drug consumption.  


Contact your general practioner in good time. If you want to chat anonymously about your suicidal thoughts, go to the site www.113-online.nl or by phone on 0800-0113. 

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Self-learning module

With your Fontys account, you can make free use of online self-help modules (e-health). Check out the modules related to gloom and depression below.


Although no one is happy all day every day, you should not feel sad all the time either. This module can help if you want to do something about your sadness.  You can get a grip on your mood by working on your thoughts, anxieties, lifestyle and relaxation. The module also contains useful tips to prevent your sadness from coming back. 

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Contact team Student Guidance 

  • If gloom, depression or suicidal thoughts are affecting your mental well-being, make an appointment with a student psychologist.
  • If gloom, depression or suicidal thoughts are an actual impedement on your study progress, please book an appointment with a student counsellor.