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Depression impacts everyone differently

Depression impacts everyone differently

By Life@TheU

Depression impacts everyone differently

By Life@TheU
Experts from the University of Miami’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program highlight ways that the UM community can learn about depression symptoms and coping strategies.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 16 million American adults have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Depression can impact people in many different ways and not all symptoms or treatments are the same. During the month of October, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program will be offering the following events to highlight Depression Awareness month and to educate and support the University of Miami community. 

Out of the Darkness suicide awareness walk
Sunday, Oct. 6 at 8 a.m.
Nearly 250 thousand participants in cities across the country will gather for a community walk in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program will take part in the event at Tropical Park. Register now and support TEAM UM FSAP.

Understanding depression seminars
Tuesday, Oct. 8; Thursday, Oct. 10; and Friday, Oct. 11
Attend a seminar to better understand depression, including risk factors, symptoms, and recommended treatments. These presentations will be offered by Faculty and Staff Assistance Program on Oct. 8 at the medical campus, Oct. 10 at the Coral Gables campus, and Oct. 11 at the marine campus. Learn more. Located at a satellite office? Request a presentation to come to you. 

Total Rewards benefits fair
Week of Oct. 14
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Total Rewards benefits fair scheduled for the week of Oct. 14. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program team will be there sharing information about depression symptoms and coping strategies. On the fence about speaking with a mental health professional? Take a quick, confidential online assessment for instant results, recommendations, and key resources. 

Learn more at fsap.miami.edu and read the fall newsletter. Stay connected and find more psychoeducational information on depression on Instagram @UM_FSAP

UM students seeking mental health or depression resources can visit the Counseling Center and read more here