If you think a friend or family member is struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or another mental disorder, speak up. Experiencing these problems and symptoms can be difficult, painful, frightening and isolating. Let them know their situation is not unusual; close to 1 in 5 USD students report having been diagnosed and/or treated for a mental health disorder in the past 12 months. Remind them that help is available!
By reaching out, speaking up and starting a conversation, you can make a difference in improving the well being of a friend or loved one. Ignoring the situation or pretending everything is all right is not the answer and can lead to tragic consequences. Don’t wait. Your support, understanding, and respect is vital! Become familiar with USD’s resources and help your friend access help.
If you have concerns about yourself or a friend, contact the USD Counseling Center to get a screening or a consultation. You can also use an anonymous Self Evaluator to learn if a treatable mental health problem could be affecting you or a friend. Be proactive about your mental health: it’s the first step to feeling better.
ULIFELINE – Anonymous Self Evaluation Tool