With depression, remember you are not alone

With depression, remember you are not alone

September 03
12:55 2015

Maureen McGuinness | Guest Column

4_MMcGuinnessMugWEBThe college years bring a lot of excitement, possibilities and opportunities; new friends and new relationships. For the first time in your life, many of you are on your own, learning new things about yourself and discovering who you are.  Many of you are developing your own ideals and values guided by your parents, but being transformed by your experiences.  That is what college is all about!

Some college students, no matter what good things are going on in their lives, suffer daily from depression and anxiety. Sure, we have all been depressed at different times of our lives, but have you ever suffered from depression that affects your everyday life?  Depression that, many times, cripples your ability to function as you normally do?  Depression that doesn’t allow you to get out of bed? Depression that has you thinking about suicide?  You are not alone and you have many resources on campus to help you.

Research shows suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.  It is a great time of transition in one’s life where loneliness, confusion and stress impact one’s daily life.  These things can lead to depression, and untreated depression can lead to thoughts of suicide.  College students are dealing with mental health issues now more than ever and we must do everything we can to prevent suicide and educate our students that mental illness is treatable.

At UNT, you are never alone!  We want to assist our students no matter what their struggles may be.  Many UNT community members are here to help our students , whether the issue is something like homesickness or crippling depression. UNT cares about our students’ success, not only academically, but emotionally and physically. Because of our commitment, we provide literally hundreds of departments and services across campus that respond to our students’ unique needs.

Did you know as a student you have access to free counseling through the Counseling and Testing office in Chestnut Hall? This department is here to exclusively serve students with their short term counseling needs and the counselors are licensed professionals or are advanced graduate students being trained under close supervision.  You are not alone!

Did you know as a student you have low cost medical care in the Student Health and Wellness Center located in Chestnut Hall?  This department is here to serve the medical needs of our students in a number of ways and even has a psychiatrist on staff to assist students who may need assistance with mental health issues.  You are not alone!

Did you know the Dean of Students office is here to assist students with issues outside the classroom that may affect their in-the-classroom performance?  We know there are many obstacles that may come your way, including struggles with depression and mental health issues. You are not alone!

Did you know UNT has a “Speak Out” campaign headed by Dr. Teresa McKinney, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, aimed at getting the UNT community involved in the national fight to remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness and suicide. Check out the campaign here: https://speakout.unt.edu/content/we-are-here-you. You are not alone!

The UNT CARE Team is here to assist students in distress and connect them to resources all over campus that are here to help a student in crisis. You are not alone!

We want you to know about our resources, and how much we truly care about you as a student and as a person.  If you are hurting or struggling, we want to help.  We are here to help you through these college years and any possible struggles you may be facing.  You are not alone!

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