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  • April's Book of the Month: I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Legacy of Male Depression April's Book of the Month: I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Legacy of Male Depression
  • Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • Call 614-221-5445 for the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition’s free and anonymous 24/7 hotline, the closest hotline to the Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus. Call 614-221-5445 for the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition’s free and anonymous 24/7 hotline, the closest hotline to the Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus.

Depression

What is depression?

Any OSU student can experience depression. It can impact your grades, relationships, health, even your life.

Some symptoms of depression include:

  • Sadness or decreased interests in things you normally enjoy.
  • Suicidal thoughts. If you are feeling suicidal or in crisis, click here NOW
  • Low energy
  • Increase or decrease in sleep/appetite
  • Frequent headaches, stomachaches, or otherwise inexplicable aches and pains
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Neglecting responsibilities and personal appearance
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless, and/or worthlessness

Not sure if you are depressed?

Take a free anonymous self-assessment.

How to treat depression

Schedule an appointment for professional counseling and/or medications

National institute of mental health offers the following suggestions:

  • Try to see a professional as soon as possible. Research shows that that longer your wait, the greater the impairment can be down the road.
  • Try to be active and exercise.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself.
  • Break up large tasks into small ones, set some priorities and do what you can as you can.
  • Don not isolate yourself. Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative. Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.
  • Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Do not expect to suddenly "snap out of" your depression. Often during treatment for depression, sleep and appetite will begin to improve before your depressed mood lifts.
  • Postpone important decisions, such as changing majors, dropping out, ending relationships, etc, until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
  • Remember that positive thinking will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment.
  • Continue to educate yourself about depression.

Resources:

  • OSU Counseling and Consultation Service is able to see students on an urgent basis during our hours of operation. You can reach us at 614-292-5766.
  • Often crises occur for students when our center is closed. You can call NetCare Access 614-276-2273 or go to the OSU Hospital Emergency Department 614-293-8333.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
  • Text Telephone: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
  • Military Veterans Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (Press 1)
  • Suicide Hotline in Spanish: 1-800-273-TALK (Press 2)
  • LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR
  • The Trans Lifeline : 1-877- 565-8860
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Online Resources:

National Support Groups

Books to read on Depression: