The passing of the Mental Health Act in the Philippines benefits all Filipinos, especially our students. Identifying students who have a mental health condition, particularly depression, is an appropriate strategy for assisting students with their mental health problems. This quantitative study aimed to ascertain the prevalence of depressive symptoms among 619 university students. The University Students Depression Inventory was used in this study to assess lethargy, cognition-emotion, and academic motivation. The findings indicated that individuals who smoked and consumed alcohol for more than ten days, those bullied as an adult, and those who were financially unhappy had mild depression symptoms. Age, gender, year level, course, usage of social media, and living with biological students were all associated with low depressive symptoms. When the results were compared by profile, it was discovered that lethargy and cognitive-emotional functioning were significantly different among students who did not live with their biological parents, students who were unsatisfied with their financial situation, and students who experienced bullying. Students who had consumed alcohol for more than ten days and those bullied exhibited procrastination and a lack of academic enthusiasm. The use of social media was not shown to be significantly different between the groups. It is recommended that the student enrolls in a mental health program that focuses on their immediate mental health issue.
Agnes Montalbo, Rizal Technological University, Philippines