Depression and anxiety are common issues among students. Any student who is concerned about feeling down, depressed, sad, nervous, or experiencing any physical symptoms they are concerned could be related to mental health should make an appointment to discuss these issues. Click here for information on making an appointment.
We will often recommend students to the Counseling and Psychological Services for counseling and further evaluation. Students do not need a "referral" from SHS to seek this care and can make an appointment for an evaluation at CAPS as their first step.
Please see information on the CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) website.
Below is a list of ideas to help combat issues with depression and anxiety from the Mental Health America website. This is not meant to replace an evaluation at SHS or CAPS.
- Carefully plan your day. Make time every day to prioritize your work. Prioritizing can give you a sense of control over what you must do and a sense that you can do it.
- Plan your work and sleep schedules. Too many students defer doing important class work until nighttime, work through much of the night, and start every day feeling exhausted. Constant fatigue can be a critical trigger for depression. Seven or eight hours of sleep a night is important to your well- being.
- Participate in an extracurricular activity. Sports, theater, fraternities and sororities, the student newspaper – whatever interests you – can bring opportunities to meet people interested in the same things you are, and these activities provide welcome change from class work.
- Seek support from other people. This may be a roommate or a friend from class. Friendships can help make a strange place feel more friendly and comfortable. Sharing your emotions reduces isolation and helps you realize that you are not alone.
- Try relaxation methods. These include meditation, deep breathing, warm baths, long walks, exercise – whatever you enjoy that lessens your feelings of stress and discomfort.
- Take time for yourself every day. Make special time for yourself – even if it’s only for 15 minutes a day. Focusing on yourself can be energizing and gives you a feeling of purpose and control over your life.
- Work towards recovery. The most important step in combating depression and reclaiming your college experience is to seek treatment. Your physician should communicate to you that remission of symptoms should be your goal and work with you to determine whether psychological counseling, medication or a combination of both treatments is needed.