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Stand Up to Depression

Stand Up to Depression

All of us experience ups and downs in our lives; however, there are times when it crosses the line and becomes hard to manage on our own. If a friend is experiencing feelings of sadness, low energy, severe anxiety, or hopelessness that doesn't seem to go away, or makes it hard to socialize, sleep, or attend classes it could be something more than "just stress." Make a plan to reach out to your friend, listen to their struggles, and ask others for help. It only takes one person to make a difference, and that person can be you. Stand Up! will give you the skills to be the difference.

Also, know the signs for suicide risk:changes in mood, personality, or how one acts; isolating; talking or hinting about death; talking about being a burden or feeling trapped; increased substance use.  If someone you know is showing these signs, take action. You could save a life!

  •      Call 9-1-1 if someone is threatening or attempting suicide
  •      Text START to 741-741 for support, or if someone is thinking about suicide
  •      Call 1-800-273-TALK for help

Depression can impact anyone, so it is important to take the time to listen to others. If you feel you have depression or think that you have depression, you can reach out to campus resources or people in your life to receive support. If you think someone you know has depression, take the time to listen, offer support, and tell them about resources. The videos below demonstrate how important it is to take the time to listen to others and seek support.

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You're Not Alone (Ted Talk)

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How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal (Wellcast)

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Depression Isn't Always Obvious (Buzzfeed)

Talking to a friend about depression can be challenging. Use the resource below, which gives you a scenario, questions, warning signs, action steps, and additional resources to help you feel more comfortable when helping your friend.

Depression (Step Up Program)

Here are some other resources to help you be an Active Bystander:

Recognizing & Responding to Suicidal Peer (Group Trainings)

UWEC Counseling Services (Campus Website)

Other Useful Websites

Half of Us
The Trevor Project
Suicide Prevention Lifeline