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

Web Resources: This site, created by the University of Texas, has useful information and a link to an anonymous self-assessment. Take the assessment now and contact SD Mines counselors to assist!

Ten Steps to Beat Depression

  1. Talk to somebody. If you're feeling blue, try to talk to someone you trust. 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.
  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. Read self-help literature. 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.
  8. Seek spiritual guidance. If you have a spiritual background that gives you comfort, use it in times of need. 
  9. 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.
  10. Get professional help. Please access the counseling center if you are having problems. 

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")