Special Topics - Depression and Suicidality
IF YOU ARE FEELING HOPELESS OR SUICIDAL RIGHT NOW...
Reach out for human contact -- call an adult you trust, take emergency measures, contact the Counseling Center or your local Emergency Response resources. Help is available 24-7.
INDIVIDUAL MEETING WITH A COUNSELOR
Your first step might be a confidential conversation with a Counseling Center counselor, who can work with you to explore your feelings and their causes, and help you locate appropriate sources of support or treatment as needed. There are same-day emergency hours available Monday through Friday for students in acute distress. For after-hours emergencies call AU Public Safety (x3636) or your local emergency response (usually 911).
SELF-HELP INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Our Self-Help Web site has information on depression and suicidality, as well as related topics such as anxiety and bi-polar disorder. The site includes an online library of web links, informal self-assessment quizzes; and access to several online "advice" sites. In addition, there are pamphlets and handouts on these topics available in the Self-Help Library located in the reception area of the Counseling Center, MGC-214.
NEW! Do you wonder if you have a problem with alchol use, depression/suicidality, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or generalized anxiety disorder?
Take the Self-Assessment Test to find out!
WORKSHOPS AND SUPPORT GROUPS
The Counseling Center offers both single-session "Be Your Best" workshops and ongoing support groups every semester, and these usually include sessions of interest to students concerned about depression or suicidality.
LOCAL ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT RESOURCES
Several excellent services are available in the nearby community for students who require assessment or treatment for depression or suicidality. In most instances, insurance helps cover the cost of private care. A Counseling Center counselor can help you connect with a private psychotherapist or treatment facility in the area that is maximally affordable, appropriate, and accessible for you. Call x3500 to make an appointment with a counselor.
CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE'S DEPRESSION OR SUICIDALITY?
If you are concerned about someone else's depression or suicidality, and would like to help them get help, check out the Worried About Someone? page, or call to arrange a confidential consultation with a Counseling Center counselor.