A Gallup poll earlier this year said 17.9% of Americans are being treated for depression, up about 7 percentage points since they began tracking in 2015.
Many people just don’t recognize the signs of depression, so they don’t get the help they need. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms or signs that help is needed — in ourselves and in others.
Signs of depression often include:
- Feeling sad or “empty.”
- Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty.
- Loss of interest in favorite activities.
- Feeling very tired.
- Inability to concentrate.
- Inability to sleep or sleeping too much.
- Overeating, or not eating at all.
- Thoughts of suicide or attempts of suicide.
Just as you seek care for your physical health, it’s equally important to care for your mental health. Don't wait to get help if you are in pain.
Learn more about depression by logging in at https://www.HigherEdEAP.com, click on the “Emotional Wellness” tile and choose Depression from the drop down menu. Or scroll to the menu at the bottom of the page and click “Assessments” to take a brief, confidential online Depression Screening. There are also other online screenings you can take for your physical and mental health.
If you or a loved one are in crisis or need immediate help, call, text, or chat 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. This 3-digit number offers a memorable, easy path to access services. The Lifeline offers free, confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the U.S.
There are several ways to access Higher Ed EAP free of charge:
- For immediate assistance, dial 1-800-252-4555 to speak directly with a professional counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
- Register and log onto https://www.HigherEdEAP.com
- Download, register, and log onto the ESI Employee Assistance mobile app available in the App Store or the Google Play Store.