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Will it really help?
Will it really help if colleges and universities prioritize mental health support services, including counseling and access to resources, address the needs of students experiencing depression? Encouraged students to seek help from campus mental health services and engage in self-care practices? Encourage them to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and reach out to friends, family, or support networks for assistance just Incase they’re depressed?

It’s funny how parents don’t know about it but depression among campus students, in college or university, is a significant concern. The transition to college life can be demanding and stressful, which can contribute to the development of depression.

There are just so many things that can make one depressed while in campus.

Academic pressure; Whereby college students often face increased academic demands, such as challenging coursework, exams, and the pressure to maintain high grades. Academic stress can lead to overwhelming feelings of anxiety and inadequacy, increasing the risk of depression. Not to forget those bad experiences with stubborn professors.

Adjustment challenges; Many students will experience difficulties adjusting to the new environment, being away from home, and forming new social connections. Feelings of homesickness, loneliness, and social isolation can contribute to depressive symptoms.

Financial stress; Financial pressures, including tuition fees, living expenses, and the need to balance part-time employment with academics, can be overwhelming for some students. Financial stressors can contribute to depression and anxiety.

High expectations; Students may face external and internal pressures to succeed academically, find a career path, and make important life decisions. The pressure to meet societal or family expectations can contribute to stress and feelings of inadequacy, potentially leading to depression.

Substance abuse; (This one though) College campuses can be environments where substance abuse is prevalent. Engaging in excessive alcohol or drug use as a coping mechanism or for social reasons can worsen depressive symptoms and increase the risk of developing depression.

Limited support networks; Some students may face challenges in forming social support networks, whether due to social anxiety, difficulty making friends, or feeling disconnected from their peers. Without adequate support, feelings of loneliness and isolation can contribute to depression.

Also, Incidences of love gone wrong contributes alot to depression. Maybe you trying to give your cheating long distance boyfriend attention and at the same focus on studies can really be sucking, even to an extend of comrades commiting suicide, which is not really a solution.

Here are some of the ways one can consider to ease depression:

Seek professional help: Reach out to the counseling or mental health services provided on campus. A mental health professional can assess your condition, provide a diagnosis, and develop an appropriate treatment plan, which may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

Build a support network: Connect with friends, family, or support groups on campus. Opening up about your feelings with trusted individuals can provide emotional support and a sense of belonging. Engaging in social activities and forming connections can also help alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Practice self-care: Make self-care a priority by engaging in activities that promote physical and mental well-being. This can include regular exercise, maintaining a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and engaging in hobbies or activities that bring joy and relaxation.

Manage stress: Identify and manage stressors in your life. Break tasks into manageable steps, set realistic goals, and practice time management techniques. Learning effective stress management techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, or meditation, can also be helpful.

Establish a routine: Create a structured daily routine that includes time for academics, self-care, socializing, and relaxation. Having a routine can provide a sense of stability and control, which can help alleviate depressive symptoms.

Avoid substance abuse: Substance abuse can worsen depressive symptoms. It’s important to avoid or limit alcohol and drug use and seek healthier coping mechanisms and stress management strategies.

Practice healthy coping mechanisms: Explore healthy ways to cope with stress and negative emotions. This can include journaling, practicing relaxation techniques, engaging in creative outlets, or seeking support from campus support groups or online communities.

Stay connected to your interests: Engage in activities or hobbies that bring you joy and a sense of accomplishment. This can help counteract feelings of hopelessness and provide a positive focus in your life.

Prioritize self-compassion: Be kind and patient with yourself. Recognize that managing depression takes time, and setbacks may occur. Treat yourself with self-compassion and seek support when needed.

Depression is a real illness, affecting a bigger percentage of campus students and youths across. Depression can be cured, let’s prevent suicide by practicing healthy decision making, and by that, we shall have Youths who are mentally healthy, thus a productive society.

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