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Beating The Blues!
Transcript of Beating The Blues!
A Closer Look Into Depression
Causes of Depression and Suicide
Those Who Are Affected
Feelings of Someone Suicidal
The Blues Project: A peer education group dedicated to raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention.
1. Respect one another
By a show of hands, how many of you know someone who has experienced depression or suicide?
Why is it important to learn, teach, and share about depression?
(Participation = Goodies)
1. Focus attention on suicide prevention
Emotion vs. Illness
2. Agree to disagree
3. Vegas rule
4. Participation = Enjoyability of Experience
2. Remove negative views, stigmas, and stereotypes
3. Discuss depression that lead to suicidal thoughts/behavior
4. Disprove myths with facts
5. Inform community of available resources for help
When sadness lingers and reaches point where it last for weeks
Illness that affects a person's mood which interferes with daily life
Medical condition with diagnosable symptoms which are usually recurring or constant
Not a character flaw or sign of weakness
Not infectious. You can not "catch" depression
Can not just "snap out of it"
National Statistics (Annually)
Main Types of Depression
less severe and characterized by long-term (2 years) symptoms
does not disable a person like Major Depression, but keeps them from functioning well or feeling well
overlooked because it is less severe and debilitating
combination of symptoms that interfere with a person's ability to function normally
9 symptoms remembered by SIGECAPS, lasting more than 2 weeks
two poles: manic & depressive (both can happen)
Bipolar I: manic, mixed, and depressive episodes (mood changes, extreme irritability, behavioral changes, etc.)
Bipolar II: pattern of depressive and hypomanic episodes (no full blown manic episodes)
- More than 350 million people live with depression
- Almost 1 million take their own lives
College Students (Annually)
- 2nd leading cause of death among students
- About 1,088 college students die by suicide
FALSE: People who take their lives have communicated intent beforehand directly/indirectly
2. Only those who are severely depressed commit suicide
FALSE: Suicide often occurs at the end of deep depression, when a person's energy level is up.
3. People who talk about or threaten suicide don't do it
FALSE: Someone may be threatening suicide for attention, but the need for attention is usually a cry for help.
4. People who really want to die will find a way so there's no point in trying to stop them.
FALSE: Most suicidal people are highly ambivalent about suicide. They are torn between a desire to live and a desire to end their pain.
True or False?
1. People often commit suicide without warning, or "out of the blue."
On The Bright Side... It's Treatable!
- 80% to 90% of people with depression respond positively to treatment
- Women are 70% more likely to than men to experience depression during their lifetime
- Suicide is more common in males (4 to 1) but females are 3 times more likely than men to attempt suicide
- Untreated Mental Illness
- Physiological or Genetic
- Can't stop the pain
- Can't think clearly
- Can't see a way out or see a future
- Can't get out of depression
- Can't get control
The Do's & Dont's
What you SHOULD do:
- Do take it seriously
- Do listen and be nonjudgmental
- Do take action and get involved
- Do follow up
What NOT to do:
- Don't downplay their emotions
- Don't swear to secrecy
- Don't act shocked
- Don't dare the person to do it
University Counseling Services
Bayramian Hall 520
Phone: (818) 677-2366
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Confidential and convenient
Staffed with experienced clinicians: psychologists, counselors, & social workers
Up to 8 free sessions to enrolled students
Sun-Thur: 6 p.m.-Midnight
Fri-Sat: 7 p.m.-10p.m.
Klotz Student Health Center
sometimes occurs with other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, PTSD, Eating Disorders, etc.
Some types of depression run in families but there are people without a family history of depression
We do know that people have no negative life experiences but do have depression
Negative life experiences (e.g. death of a loved one, traumatic experiences, alcohol/drug abuse, etc.
THE BLUES PROJECT
- Low self-esteem, self-confidence, or feelings of inadequacy
- Feelings of pessimism, despair or hopelessness
- Generalized loss of interest or pleasure
- Social withdrawal
Symptoms of "highs"
Symptoms of "lows"
increased physical/mental activity & energy
racing speech and thoughts
inability to concentrate
irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
changes in sleep/appetite
Local Emergency Room
L.A. Suicide Prevention Center
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Northridge Hospital Emergency Services
18300 Roscoe Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91328
24-Hour Crisis Hotline
24 Hour Hotline
"Preventing suicide among LGBT youth"