Have you ever felt hollow or numb?

Have you ever felt like you were drowning while others around you kept afloat?

These are a few descriptions of how it can feel to have depression. Depression is often described as an emotional state (“I’m depressed” or “that’s depressing”).

However, clinical depression is a true mental health problem, which can be treated.

It’s normal to feel down or blue occasionally, but it’s important to note if you or a friend are experiencing more than regular sadness.

Remember, you don’t have to be “going through something” to have depression.

While people often feel sad after a break-up or a stressful life event, sometimes people experience depression without having any life stressors or triggers.

Some signs of depression might include feeling sad most days of the week, withdrawing from others, sleeping too little or too much and sometimes feeling irritable or agitated.

Curious whether you or a friend might have depression? Oct. 10 is National Depression Screening Day, and you may want to consider taking a screening to help make an informed decision about getting help.

CAPS offers free online screenings for depression and other mental health problems, which can be accessed by visiting our website.

Sometimes depression can cause you to have thoughts of wanting to die or feeling you/others might be better off if you were dead.

If you, or a friend, are experiencing this, do not wait to get help. For emergencies, always call 911.

You can also contact campus security at 321-674-8111 .

The following services are also available for 24/7 free and confidential support:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK/8255 — suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The Brevard 211 Helpline: dial 211-or- (321) 632-6688 — www.211brevard.org

The Crisis Text Line: text “Home” to: 741741 — www.crisistextline.org

Consultation services are also available at CAPS if you have concerns for yourself or a friend.

While depression can feel like an uphill battle, having the right knowledge, resources, and tools can help to lift your spirits and get back to fully living your life.

For more information regarding CAPS’ services and support, drop by our center, call us, or visit our website.

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