Mental Health Matters

Martin, TN 38238

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(731) 881-7869

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(731) 881-7752

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Johnna Webster, Coordinator



Mental Health Matters


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DEPRESSION: GOT QUESTIONS?

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What is Depression?

  • Depression is more than feelings sadness that may pass after a couple of days. Depression usually persists for at least two weeks and might be characterized by feelings of worthlessness, excessive guilt, loneliness, sadness, hopelessness, and self-doubt. These feelings typically interfere with a student’s day to day activities

Why does depression affect College students?

  • College students face many challenges, pressures and anxieties that can cause them to feel overwhelmed. They may experience certain stressors that were not present before such as
    • Living away from family for the first time
    • Missing family or friends
    • Feeling alone or isolated
    • Experiencing conflict in relationships
    • Facing new and sometimes difficult school work
    • Worrying about finances.

* College students struggle to deal with these situations with little or no coping skills

How do I know if I or someone I know has depression?

  • If you notice that you or a friend have these persisting signs for more than two weeks

Feelings of...

  • Sadness or emptiness
  • Hopelessness, pessimism, or guilt
  • Helplessness or worthlessness

Seem...

  • Unable to make decisions?
  • Unable to concentrate and remember?
  • To have lost interest or pleasure in ordinary activities?
  • To have more problems with school and family?

Experience...

  • Loss of energy and drive-so they seem “slowed down”?
  • Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting up?
  • Appetite problems; losing or gaining weight?
  • Headaches, stomach aches, or backaches?
  • Chronic aches and pains in joints and muscles?
  • If you are experiencing signs of depression and want to have a complete free depression screening, visit our website http://www.utm.edu/departments/shcs/ and click “Free Mental Health Screening”

 

Where do I find help if I believe I am experiencing depression?

  • Student Health and Counseling Services is available to help you. Three trained counselors are available from 8:00 – 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday 7:30 – 4:30. To schedule an appointment call (731) 881-7750.  For immediate service walk-ins are also welcomed. 
    • See Resources for a list of additional campus, community, and online resources

What can I do to help myself deal with my depression symptoms?

  • Be aware of the cause of your depression and try to be optimistic about the future.
  • Try to be aware of your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ideas.
  • Make a weekly list of your positive accomplishments.
  • Get socially active.
  • Make a weekly schedule of your daily activities and do not forget to include social activities.
  • Find a hobby or two.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Use self-relaxation techniques whenever you feel tense. For example, slowly breathe in and out for several minutes until your whole body feels relaxed.
  • Set realistic goals.
  • Try to know and develop your strengths.
  • Get professional help if symptoms of depression persist.

How can I reduce my risk of becoming depressed?

  • Be aware of your personal risk of depression.
  • Have a psychiatric evaluation and psychotherapy, if needed.
  • Develop a strong social and spiritual support system.
  • Reduce your stress.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get treatment for alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Eat healthfully.
  • Get the necessary amount of sleep.

Emergency Services

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Services Matter

Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone to help. This training can be conducted for student organizations and clubs, classes and faculty meetings.

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