Depression in students

Gibson Akers

With winter and finals coming quickly, some students may experience unwanted stress and slight depression.

These feelings are not uncommon in college students. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 30 percent of college students experience depression.

There are many services and ways to get help here on campus. Students can receive free counseling services from Student Counseling Services, which is located on the third floor in the Student Services Building. No appointments are necessary at Student Counseling Services.

Some signs of stress and depression to look for are noticeable change in behavior, isolation, a change in sleep pattern, loss of appetite and suicidal thoughts, said Dr. Kathryn Sirridge of Student Counseling Services.

One can always help by being there for friends. Be available for them to talk to, and do not be judgmental, Sirridge said. 

“We want people to come in. We want to talk to them and help them out,” Sirridge said. “You don’t have to wait for things to get bad; we’re here to help students out.”

Sirridge also stressed that everything discussed is confidential and that for students, all services are free.

It is also important to take any threats of suicide seriously. If a friend is having suicidal thoughts, it is important to get them help. If they are an imminent danger to themselves, call 911, urged Capt. Carrie Jacobs of the ISU Police Division.

“We will send an officer, and they will assess the situation. They will then help the individual receive help,” Jacobs said.

You can also call the ISU Police Division on their non-emergency line at 515-294-4428 if you have concerns about someone you know.