Everyone has experienced feelings of depression at one time or another. These feelings are common after a loss or disappointment, and they usually pass in a few hours or days. But when these depressive feelings persist — and when they affect your health and well-being — then you may need some sort of intervention or professional help.
Depression is a prolonged and persistent negative mood that can interfere with many aspects of your life. It is characterized by feelings of worthlessness, excessive guilt, loneliness, sadness, hopelessness and self-doubt. Suicidal thoughts may also be present.
These are a few of the factors that can lead to feelings of depression.
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Mental health screenings are a quick way to determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation. These types of screenings are typically designed to be educational, not diagnostic.
As a UB student, you can meet with a trained professional at Counseling Services. These counselors are available at no cost to you, and all counseling is private and confidential as permitted by law. Contact Counseling Services to make an appointment.
Counseling Services provides consultation services to the entire University at Buffalo community. We are here to address any concerns you may have about a student, talk about referral options, and answer other questions that you may have about our services.
Someone to talk to for mental health issues
University at Buffalo
202 Michael Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-5800
Preventative health and wellness education
Need to talk? The NYS Crisis Text Line provides 24-hour support for people experiencing a mental health or situational crisis. Users are connected to a trained Crisis Counselor, who will help them develop a plan to stay safe. Messages are confidential, anonymous and secure. Data usage while texting the Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill. Text: “GOT5” to 741-741
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, get help immediately — even if there’s reluctance to get help.
On-Campus: Call University Police (716-645-2222)
Off-Campus: Call 911
You can also call Crisis Services of Erie County (716-834-3131)