Look For The Signs

For emergency support call UCPD: 911 or (510) 642-3333

Depression - look for the signs

People of all ages, genders, and ethnicities suffer from depression. 

90% of those who die by suicide have a mental health diagnosis.

As a Berkeley community, it is important to look for the signs of depression: 

  • Withdrawing from other people
  • Changes in weight and eating patterns
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Increased anxiety or irritability
  • Feeling worthless or hopeless

Reach out: 

  • Talk to the person.
  • Listen, care, take it seriously.
  • Ask if they ever think about suicide. Asking will not make someone “more suicidal.”
  • Don’t be sworn to secrecy.
  • Consult, consult, consult.
  • Suggest counseling.
  • Offer to walk the person to CAPS.
  • Stay in contact with the person. Follow up.

Consult and get help: 

  • For emergency support, call UCPD: 911 or (510) 642-3333.
  • For counseling services, call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (510) 642-9494 to set up an appointment. Crisis drop-in for urgent concerns is available Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm.
  • For after hours support, call (855) 817-5667
    • National Crisis Help line: (800) 273-TALK
    • Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 emotional support for those in crisis via text messaging.
  • For a consultation, counselors are available:
    • Daytime: (510) 642-9494 
    • After hours: (855) 817-5667
  • For concerns about faculty and staff, contact Employee Assistance (formerly CARE Services) at (510) 643-7754.

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