Counseling Center

Depression

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK
According to the National College Health Assessment, 31% of students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult to function within past 12 months.  Depression affects how people feel, think, and behave, and can significantly interfere with day-to-day activities and enjoyment of life.  Depression is a serious concern.  It isn’t something that one can simply "snap out of," nor is it a personal weakness.  The good news is that most people who experience depression respond well to treatment. 

Recognize

  • Depressed, sad, or flat mood
  • Tearful
  • Diminished interest or pleasure in normal activities; withdrawal
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Physical agitation or restlessness
  • Sluggishness
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive/inappropriate guilt nearly every day
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Hopeless, pessimistic, negative
  • Worthlessness, guilt, negative self-image
  • Suicidal ideation, preoccupation with death or dying

Respond

  • Share that you are concerned about the student and ask them how they are doing
  • Give them space to talk and provide support
  • Do not minimize what they are going through
  • Do not diagnose or suggest medication
  • Dial down your expectations and encourage them to set small goals to re-engage in activities. Provide support or company.
  • Encourage them to engage in activity, however small, and direct attention outward, away from introspection
  • If they express suicidal ideation, take it seriously, and seek professional support
  • Encourage them to seek counseling or other support

Refer

On Campus (413-542-extension):

Off Campus: