Reaching Out for Help

Reported by:  Anna Smith

Regardless of who’s asked, most students will agree that school can be demanding, hectic, and difficult. Between homework, extra curricular activities, and socializing with peers, it’s easy to neglect personal well-being. When this happens, a person may not be aware of it at first. For many, this is the unfortunate truth; a world built on succumbing to the will of others, the deprivation of one’s innermost desires and necessities acting as its foundation. Upon realizing this self-inflicted negligence, the individual in question will most likely spiral into a prolonged state of oblivion, confusion, and depression. For a loss of what to do, many people in this situation will typically keep these detrimental emotions locked away and suppress them, both for their inconvenience and all-consuming nature. Such emotions weigh upon the mind and body in a way that is unforeseeable to human intuition, as this is where the expression ‘it hit me like a ton of bricks’ originated. Even so, any carrier of this viral mentality comes to know its devastating symptoms all too well, ironically unbeknownst to others.

Sophomore Alisa Willis reflected on her personal experience with depression and what she did to cope with it:

“I faced depression and anxiety in seventh grade, and it did’t go away until I entered high school. I remember that talking with my friends and family helped me the most.”  

Expression through the word of mouth is arguably one of the most preferred methods of battling depression. Other effective coping mechanisms include the usage of various creative outlets (drawing, painting, writing, singing, etc.), in addition to reflective meditation and partaking in athletic activities.

When a fellow peer is suffering from depression, lending an unbiased and supportive ear is the best way to help them in their time of need. If unsure on whether or not to intervene, always ask yourself this question:

How will I feel knowing that I could have done something after it’s too late? 

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