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
- 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 10 am-5 pm.
- For after-hours support, call (855) 817-5667
- National Crisis Helpline: (800) 273-TALK
- 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.
- Screenings for depression
- Training on how to identify and help students in distress
- Students can reach out to a Health Worker if they walk to talk or get help for a friend (located in residence halls and other housing - see Who's Your Health Worker).