Students, teachers express seeking help with increased concerns over mental health



Sad young woman sitting on the bed in the bedroom, People with depression concept. Photo by SOMKID

Lazarus Sanders, Reporter

As depression amongst students continues to rise, teachers and students provide information on how to identify signs of depression and how to cope with those symptoms. 

“I think when it comes to depression and even anxiety, or any kind of mental health issues, exercise and talking to someone can be helpful,” psychology and sociology teacher Eric Bentley said. “Somebody that’s going to listen, somebody that’s not going to necessarily pass judgment, but would provide help. Surrounding yourself with people that are positive. They’re not looking to critique not necessarily looking to tell you how to resolve stuff they’re just there as a friend.” 

Bentley said being around positive people and friends that aren’t critiquing actions are effective ways to help with depression, and sophomore Jaxon Holmes said is anyone feels any indication of mental illness, they should reach out to someone for guidance.

“I feel like nobody should have to go through it, and if you are, seek help,” Holmes said. “Depression should not be taken lightly. I feel that it should be treated with lots of importance if you have it get it taken care of.” 

Along with seeking help, sophomore Noelia Dimas said it’s important to identify how circumstances affect each person’s mental help and encourages students to take note of what causes those emotions. 

“It honestly just depends on like how bad it is, but it really just takes a lot out of you,” sophomore Noelia Dimas said. “It can make you distance yourself from the people you love, and it really just drains you. It takes a lot out of you a lot of energy a lot of motivation.” 

As students move through their day, Bentley said it’s imperative for each person to look out for one another and check-in.

“In an effort to help students with depression, the first thing is we just kind of talk to them and ask, “are you okay?” Bentley said. “Try to find out what’s going on, because a lot of times the students will open up to you, let you know some family issues, or it might be a breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend. And then kind of talk them through if there’s any advice that I can give them.”

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