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Psychological Services Center
University of Mississippi

Depression and Sadness

Based on information from the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 19 million Americans suffer from symptoms of depression. Everyone occasionally feels sad, lonely, or “blue.” Depression occurs when the feelings of sadness or despair reach a level that impacts your ability to function in daily life. You may lose interest in activities that you once loved or feel like sleeping more than usual. Individuals who suffer from symptoms of depression often feel helpless and blame themselves for their feelings. Some may even have thoughts of ending their lives.

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5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in EMotional Pain: 1. Ask "Are you thinking about killing yourself?" 2. Keep them safe. Reduce access to lethal items or places. 3. Be there. Listen carefully and acknowledge teir feelings. 4. Help them connect. Save the National Suicide revention Lifeline number 800-273-8255. 5. Stay connected. Follow up and stay in touch after a crisis.