Almost everyone can cite a time in their lives where they've felt down or not quite themselves. When does melancholy or "the blues" turn into depression? It's important to know when to seek help. A student battling the symptoms of depression can seek help for themselves, but friends, teachers, and family can also play an important role in helping a student battle depression. The counseling Department at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is ready to help students. For more information, please contact one of the counselors. Counseling Home Page

Local Resources:
Front Porch Coalition A local group committed to suicide prevention and support for survivors

Web Resources: The University of Texas has a useful site with links and useful information on depression.

Useful Articles:
Culture of We – An article that discusses the reasons why Western cultures have higher rates of depression

Ten Steps to Beat Depression

  1. Talk to somebody. If you're feeling blue, try to talk to someone you trust. If nobody is available then the School of Mines counseling services are always an option.
  2. Get outside. A lot of people suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD). Getting outside can give your body a much needed dose of vitamin D. Another couple of options are vitamin D supplements and going to a tanning salon.
  3. Get some exercise. Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Take a walk, go to the gym, or do something physical that makes you happy.
  4. Eat better. Societies that consume more fish generally have lower rates of depression. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids can fend of depression symptoms. Avoid foods with artificial sugars that result in a "crash" shortly after they have been consumed.
  5. Do something enjoyable. Play a game. Talk to a friend on the phone. Jam out on your guitar. The point is to do something that gets your mind off feeling blue.
  6. Get some rest. If you've spent the past few days studying all night, your sleep rhythms could be out of whack. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every day.
  7. Get professional help. There are several counseling centers available around the community. Your student fees pay for the counseling center at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Please access the Counseling Center here on campus if you are having problems. 
  8. Read a self-help book. There is a lot of literature available on the topic of depression. The symptoms of depression can be addressed in many ways. Take it upon yourself to learn about ways in which you might help yourself.
  9. Seek spiritual guidance. If you have a spiritual background that gives you comfort, use it in times of need. 
  10. Examine your past for clues. There is often a clue to our present behavior if we look at our past. Often the things that distress us now have an origin in our personal histories. While it is not always necessary to "resolve an issue," it is often necessary to understand how "an issue" impacts us.

Bonus Tips

  • "Don't sweat the small stuff. . .and it is all small stuff." Richard Carlson
  • This too shall pass.
  • "Our greatest glory is not in never falling but rising every time we fall." Confucious

Need Help?

We have a staff of counselors available to help you, anytime.


Megan Reder-Schopp
Director of Counseling and ADA Services

Jeremy Kendall

Nancy Sprynczynatyk (pronounced "Sprin-zin-nat-ick")