YOU HAVE 99 PROBLEMS BUT DEPRESSION SHOULDN’T BE ONE
By Camara Chea
With winter quarter in full swing, you may feel that things are racing by and you can’t catch up. The cold weather, combined with growing piles of homework, unrealistic expectations, and everything else going on in your life, may be putting you in a funk. Is it the winter blues? …Or is it something more? If you are tired, sad, anxious, having difficulty concentrating in class, or just don’t have interest in the same things you used to, depression may be the culprit. Depression is something that can affect anyone. Half of all college students feel depressed at some point during their time in school. According to a 2011 survey, 60% of college students reported feeling very sad in the past year. However, you shouldn’t let depression dictate your college experience.
Thankfully, UCSC Counseling and Psychological Services is offering students a mental health check-up on Wednesday, January 21st at the Cowell Student Health Center from 11 AM to 1 PM as part of National Depression Screening Day®. Students will have an opportunity to take a brief, anonymous screening and meet one-on-one with a mental health professional. The screening provides students with insight into symptoms they might be experiencing and offers helpful treatment and referral information, if necessary. This event is free of charge and totally anonymous. And if you love free stuff as much as I do, you’ll be psyched to hear that there will be COMPLIMENTARY DONUTS!
TLDR: You have 99 problems but don’t let depression be one of them. You’re not alone. It’s okay to ask for help. Take this next step.