SOS INFORMATION SHEET:
THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS TO GUIDE STUDENTS / STAFF
HOW AND WHY TO GET HELP FOR YOURSELF OR A FRIEND
Many people are ava.ila.ble to help you, including health professionals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches.
You are not a "bad" person for being depressed. You did not choose to feel the way you do.
You are not alone; there are many other people who share your feelings and issues.
The entire school does not have to know.
What to expect from treatment for depression*
Treatment is very effective and can include psychotherapy, or "talktherapy," medication or often a combination of both. Short-termpsychotherapy means talking about feelings with a trained professionalwho can help you change the relationships, thought, or behaviors thatcontribute to depression. It is important to find someone that you
are comfortable talking with and will work with you to develop the very best treatment plan.
Medications have been developed that effectively treat depression.Antidepressant medications are not "uppers" and are not addictive.Sometimes you may need to try more than one type of medication beforeyou and your doctor find the one that works best.
With treatment, whether it is talk therapy, medications, or acombination of both, most depressed people start to feel better in justa few weeks.
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS WHO MAY BE AFRAID TO TALK TO PARENTS OR
CAREGIVERS ABOUT DEPRESSION
If you are worried about speaking to your parents about depression,there are other people you can talk to and who can educate you aboutdepression. Find an adult you trust-such as a coach, priest orrabbi, school nurse or teacher --- and ask themto meet with you and your parents.
Ask one of your best friends to come with you to talk to your parent orguardian. Practice the conversation with your friend first, sothat you can decide exactly what you want to say.
Remember that there is always someone you can find to help you and yourfamily. Seek out the resources at your school to find out moreinformation. '
*"Let's Talk About Depression," National Institute of Mental Health.