Depression

One of the important characteristics of a Jesuit education is the magis, from the Latin word for the ‘more’ or the ‘greater.’ As James Martin, S.J. says in The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life, “When you work, give your all…” The resources below give you more so you can live the Jesuit magis towards a fully thriving GU experience in wellness and in health.

Whether you're seeking resources for yourself or for a friend, remember that part of being in community, especially at a Jesuit institution, is the call for us to engage in conversations and dialogues around these topics. We hope you will use this Wellness Toolbox as a way to learn more about concerns Zags often face in order to reduce stigma and create open dialogue around those challenges.

To seek magis by learning more about Depression, see the resources below:

M - Meaning and Description

 Learn more about Depression, including signs and symptoms and ways to manage it

A - Apps and Downloads

 Apps and downloads that can help you manage Depression

G - Great Resources

Articles, handouts, worksheets and other resources to help with Depression. Also includes information on support groups and hotlines.

I - Interactive Media

 Video, audio, and podcasts to help you understand and address Depression

S - Supporting a Friend

 Information and resources for how to help a friend who is struggling with Depression


M – Meaning and Description

"Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or more." (National Institute of Health, 2016) Below you will find resources that help you better understand different kinds of depression, signs and symptoms, and available treatment.

From the National Institute of Health

From the American Academy of Family Physicians

From the National Alliance on Mental Illness

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A – Apps and Downloads

This is just a sampling of apps available to support you if you are struggling with Depression. On-campus and off-campus resources are also available to help support you with any concerns you may have in this area.

Live Happy -Bringing you scientifically proven tips and ideas to live a happier and more meaningful life through interviews with positive psychology and well-being thought leaders.”

 Free on Android and iTunes

eCBT Mood - Tries to help people who are feeling down or depressed to feel better by using the scientific principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). eCBT Mood can also be used a uniform, structured adjunctive support intervention for clinical trials of antidepressants or other therapies for depression.

 $0.99 on iTunes 

Smiling Mind - Meditation made easy. A simple tool that helps put a smile on your mind anytime, anywhere and everyday.

 Free on Android and iTunes 

MoodKit - Helps you to take action to improve your life, feel better by changing how you think, rate and chart your mood to monitor progress, and develop self-awareness and healthy attitudes.

 $4.99 on iTunes 

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G - Great Resources

Mental Health Screening - This check up from the neck up is a brief, anonymous and confidential screening that helps you determine if you should connect with a mental health professional. Immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.

Am I Depressed? - We all feel down now and then. This resource can help you understand if you are struggling with more than the blues.

The Winter Blues - Here in the Great Northwest, our perpetually grey skies through Fall, Winter, and Spring are legendary. Toughing out long stretches of dreary days can lead to the Winter Blues or even Seasonal Affective Disorder. Learn more about the legitimate impact the dreary weather can have on your mental health.

Depression:Facts and Resources - This quick resource provides facts on depression and recommendations for what to do if you're feeling depressed.

Understanding Deliberate Self-Harm - Deliberate self harm can be very distressing and hard to understand for both those who are self-harming as well as their family and friends. This resource helps you understand this behavior and provides resources to identify healthier ways to cope with emotions.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - A collection of talks given by author Pema Chödrön, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties.

Blocks to Taking in the Good - We can all experience blocks to taking in the good in our life. This resource reviews some of the blocks you might be experiencing and ways you can address them.

Medications Overview - Are you considering medications as part of your mental health treatment? This resource gives an overview of medications, how they may help, and things to remember if you are considering medication.

Psychotherapy Overview  - Psychotherapy--which is what typically takes place during a counseling session--is an effective way to improve your mental health but it can be intimidating. Learn more about different types of psychotherapy and how they might help you.

Hotlines That Help - There are a number of local and national crisis hotlines that can help you 24 hours a day. Learn more in this resource with specific hotlines numbers (including texting options).

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I – Interactive Media (videos, audio, podcasts)

Depression as the Black Dog - When others seem to be enjoying life, the black dog stands in the way for a lot of people. If you're wondering what this means, watch the video. And if you recognize any of this, maybe it's time to think about taking some steps to look after yourself.

The Science of Happiness - This six-part BBC series looks at the newest research from around the world to find out what could it be that makes us happy.

What is Depression? - In this TedEd video, Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.

Confessions of a Depressed Comic - Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.

What People with Depression Want You to Know - Insights on depression from those who have struggled with it.

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S – Supporting a Friend

Tips on How to Help a Friend - When we’re having a hard time, the first place most of us turn is to family and friends. If you have friends who have come to you for help, we've got tips to help you with those conversations.

What Do I Say? - Having difficult conversations with friends is never easy. This is a quick resource to help you find the right words.

Zags Help Zags: Depression - Warning signs and tips for talking with another Zag when they are struggling with alcohol use.

Refer Form - This is one way you can share that you are concerned about a student. Someone from the Center for Cura Personalis, or their designee, will reach out to provide the student with support and resources.

Campus Resources List - There are so many resources available on campus to support Gonzaga students. The campus resources we have available can support you at each phase in their journey. This page includes list of commonly used resources, including contact information and a little information about what each office does.

Campus Resources Matrix - If you still aren't sure which office might be the best place to go, take a look at our which identifies offices that can help with specific questions or concerns.

What is CCP? - This video shares more about the Center for Cura Personalis, which serves students in many ways including through proactive outreach and educational programs about healthy choices and interventions for students who may be struggling.

What is Health & Counseling? - Health & Counseling Services functions as your private physician's office and counseling center. Learn more about the services available through this office.

What To Expect - This video gives an overview of what to expect when scheduling and coming in for your first visit at the Center for Cura Personalis or Health & Counseling Services.

Community Resources - In addition to the great resources available on campus, there are a number of resources available in the Spokane community to assist you with your personal well-being while you are at Gonzaga.

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