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College Students and Depression Workshop

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Liz Lewin

on 10 September 2013

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Transcript of College Students and Depression Workshop

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Depressed? Ain't nobody
got time for that!
Symptoms vary for everyone, but many common signs are:
Who's in charge
around here?
Promoting a happier, more manageable lifestyle with positive coping strategies to overcome the many obstacles of going to college, and stresses of life
College Students
and Depression

The Dopamines & Serotonins:
Happiness Workshop

First generation college students
History of Problem
What does depression look like?
Most colleges and universities have free or reduced price psychotherapy available to students
Only "crazy" people have mental illnesses
Getting people involved
American College Health Association–National College Health Assessment (ACHA–NCHA) did 2011 study, which showed
of college students reported feeling extreme bouts of depressive symptoms, that interfered with daily activities
More than 6% reported suicidal thoughts, and at least 1% had attempted in the last year
Some people are genetically pre-disposed, but many are dealing with environmental problems - college is
Loss of interest in activities
Loss of energy
Problems concentrating or with memory
Problems with sleep- not getting enough, or too much
Aches, pains, cramps that do not go away
Coping strategies can be very beneficial to many!
Liz, Jose, Gwyne, Heidi and Regan
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Dopamines and Serotonins: Happiness Workshop
Our outreach program works to promote healthy coping strategies, and consciousness raising about the stigmas of depression and mental illness.
Currently available at SFSU:
Counseling and psychotherapy services
Did you know?
Your tuition covers counseling services!
Through Student Services, 2nd floor, Room 208
to enrolled students! (415) 338-2208
Psychology clinic in EP building, 2nd floor, provides sliding scale copays (based on what you can afford), and available to all members of SF community, not just students. (415) 338-2856
Counseling clinic in Burk Hall 117,
fees! Advanced graduate students supervised by professionals, with individual, couples, or group counseling (415) 338-1024
Depression is a common, serious mood disorder, affecting at least 20.9 million adults in the United States - NIMH (2009)

However, because of the negative stigma associated with depression, a person may be fearful to admit she or he has a problem.
Overcoming Stigma
Mentally ill people battling stigma from society often develop feelings of shame and low self-esteem, and as a result, shy away from life saving treatment.
Facebook page
Classroom presentations
Tabling at school/health fairs
Email lists
Partnering with psych & health clinics, and student organizations
Extra credit for students
Getting the word out:
Services we will offer:
Education about depression, and how stress can cause it
Statistics on depression and college students
Demonstrating de-stressing techniques
Provide open, safe, confidential environment
Student-run organization, board of officers make big decisions
We will provide an anonymous survey after each workshop for suggestions, comments, and possible future changes
Goodie bags for all members!
Funding is a potential issue, as well as gathering volunteers
We will also have a regular email list with quick tips and info for those interested
Traditional setting, on-campus for easy student access

Workshops will be held in the Health Center and in other campus fairs

The workshop will be free to students and open to family members

Online community will provide easier access to information, and more anonymity
1st-generation college students are much less likely to graduate than other students, only 15%
- Daily Pennsylvanian
This is often due to a multitude of factors, including:
lack of social support
the strain of working and attending university
psychological problems, such as depression and anxiety
Feeling alone or isolated
Facing new and often difficult schoolwork
Experiencing conflict in relationships
Worrying about finances
What has been done to alleviate the problem in the past
Programs such as:
EOP (Educational Opportunity Program)
SSS TRIO (Student Support Services)
other scholarship and mentoring programs

These programs work to support low-income,
1st-generation college students financially, educationally, and emotionally.
There have also been outreach efforts made on campuses to de-stigmatize mental health problems, and bring students with common problems together.
Mission Statement:
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