Counseling Center

Depression & suicidal feelings

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 you 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 you 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. 

If you are having suicidal thoughts, or are having difficulty with day-to-day activities, we strongly encourage you to speak to someone from the Counseling Center (x2354) or Dean of Students Office (x2337 or x2111 after hours).  Students are often concerned that if they disclose that they are contemplating suicide, they will be hospitalized or asked to take time off.  While the College’s highest priority is the safety of our students, we understand that many students experience suicidal thoughts without ever acting on them.  We work with students to determine what will best address their needs, which often means jointly creating a plan to ensure their safety while remaining on campus.  Some students voluntarily choose to go the hospital or take time off, because they recognize they need additional support.  Only on rare occasions is a student hospitalized involuntarily, and this is because they are unable to remain safe on campus. 

Signs of depression are listed below.  If you experience any of these signs for more than a day or two, connecting with the Counseling Center and other resources may help.  Anonymous mental health screenings with personalized feedback are also available at Ulifeline and Mental Health America

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, restlessness
  • Sluggishness
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or 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

Resources

On Campus (413-542-extension):

Off Campus: