National Depression Awareness Day – October 7th, 2021

Have you ever wondered what depression is or whether you might be depressed? According to the CDC, during August 2020 – February 2021, the percentage of adults with recent symptoms of anxiety or depression increased from 36.4% to 41.5%. Additionally, an estimated 16 million U.S. adults – almost 7% of the population – had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

You might be experiencing symptoms of depression if you:

  • feel down
  • are irritable
  • have trouble sleeping
  • have difficulty concentrating
  • have lost interest in things that once brought you joy

Depression doesn’t discriminate. People of any age, race, orientation, and socioeconomic or ethnic background experience depression. If you think you might be experiencing some of the signs of depression we encourage you to complete an online screening. If you are interested in discussing your screening results with a UWM mental health professional, feel free to sign up online for a virtual Let’s Talk consultation with UCS staff. UCS will be adding additional Let’s Talk opportunities to the week of October 7th.

We also encourage you to check out SilverCloud which is an online, interactive, and free mental health resource available to all UWM students. UCS offers a variety of counseling and psychiatric services to UWM Students. Please visit our webpage or call 414-229-4133 for more information.