Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention
Symptoms of depression can appear in many various ways; depression looks and feels different in every individual. Some people may experience one or two symptoms and some may experience many. If you have been experiencing any of the following symptoms feel free to contact the UCC to set up an appointment:
- Exhaustion, fatigue, feeling slow
- Difficulty making decisions or concentrating
- Changes in sleep; sleeping a lot or too little
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
- Persistent sad or “down” mood
- Increased anxiety
- Thoughts of suicide or anxiety about dying
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or helplessness
How to help a friend:
If you suspect your friend is depressed or suicidal you may feel overwhelmed or helpless. It is important that you are able to offer support while continuing to take care of yourself. Here are some basic tips on how to help a friend who is depressed:
- Encourage your friend to seek professional help. The UCC is an excellent resource on campus that is free and confidential to all enrolled Loyola students.
- Listen without judgment.
- Don’t burn yourself out. Know when you need to take a step back or ask for help. Contact the UCC if you need a consult appointment for yourself.
- Be there and reach out. Your friend may be withdrawn but it is important that they know you are there for them.
- Check in. Text or call your friend periodically and let them know you are thinking of them; invite them to join you in activities.
- Don’t offer advice or minimize your friend’s feelings.
- Educate yourself on depression.
What to do if you think someone is at risk for suicide:
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help now. Call the Counselor On-Call at (504) 865-3835, anytime, from anywhere for immediate help.
- Take it seriously. Remember – depressive/suicidal behavior is a cry for help.
- Seek out a mature and compassionate person with whom you can review the situation: your Community Director, Res Chaplain, or a Counselor at the UCC.
- Speak with the individual in private. Voice your concern — let them know you care. Encourage the individuals to get help. Offer to go with them to counseling.
Here are some “Don’ts” that apply to anyone who might be suicidal:
- Do not leave him/her alone or let him/her go off alone
- Do not be judgmental
- Do not argue, debate, analyze, or moralize
- Do not try to cheer him/her up
- Do not try to shock or challenge (i.e., say “Oh, go ahead and do it if you want to!”)
- Do not accept “I’m okay now.” (Nobody recovers immediately from suicidality.)
- Do not be sworn to secrecy
Here are some “Do’s”:
- Ask if he/she is thinking about suicide
- Take the intent or threat very seriously
- Show that you care and say it
UCC Counselor On-Call: (504) 865-3835
Take the Pledge to STOP suicide: print out and sign this pledge to show your commitment to stopping suicide. Post it in your room or office.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
*This website provides a chat option
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255