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Tips to Deal with Depression for Your First Semester Back on Campus

 

Disclaimer: If you or someone you know is struggling or looking for more mental health resources, visit the JED website.


Depression has become an increasingly difficult issue that, if left unchecked, can affect a student’s physical health and well-being. In a recent study conducted nationwide by Boston University, it was found that 83% of students said that their mental health had negatively impacted their academic performance. McGraw Hill has partnered with The Jed Foundation (JED) to bring awareness to mental health resources. This video addresses the topic of depression, with some steps below that students can take to tackle depression.

1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Students often have challenges asking for help in a learning environment. They often struggle to feel connected especially during the pandemic, so it’s important that students use the resources around them.

2. Practice self-care

Being able to take a break is great for the mind and body. That doesn’t mean only taking a break from work. Taking some time off social media can help a student make time for other stress-relieving activities. Taking breaks to refuel, sleep, exercise, and even meditate are examples of practicing good self-care.

3. Don’t overexert yourself

Being away from home gives students a lot of freedom to experiment. With freedom comes a lot of responsibility. While it is important to be engaged in schoolwork, students shouldn’t feel as though they must do everything all of the time. Instead of working endlessly, students can group tasks and break bigger assignments into smaller parts to make them easier to handle.

Depression is a serious medical condition that can negatively affect the way you think and the way you act, and it’s important to take steps to treat this illness. The first step that students can take is going to their on-campus counseling center.

For even more videos covering mental health topics, check out JED’s video playlist.