When negative thoughts and feelings begin to affect your health and well-being, you may need to seek intervention or professional help.

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What is Depression?

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.

What Causes Depression?

These are a few of the factors that can lead to feelings of depression.

  • Significant loss
  • Loss of control over the environment (when you feel that nothing can be done to change unfortunate events in life)
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Disappointment
  • Perceived failure
  • Negative thinking, which gradually becomes self-defeating

Types of Depression

Everyday depression Depression that may require treatment
  • Can last for a few minutes to a few days
  • A normal part of being human
  • Becomes intense
  • Lasts for extended periods of time
  • Can often be helped by seeing a mental health specialist

When to Get Help

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.

Talk to a Counselor About Depression

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.

Other Ways to Get Help

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.

Need Help?

Short-term on campus mental health support

University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Phone: (716) 645-2720; Fax: (716) 645-2175

University at Buffalo
1st Floor Michael Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5800

Primary, non-emergency medical care

University at Buffalo
4350 Maple Rd
Amherst, NY 14226

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564

Preventative health and wellness education

Health Promotion

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234

Additional Resources

Need to talk?

Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. We're here for everything: anxiety, depression, suicide, and more. Text: Got5U to 741741


This information is designed to provide self-help resources for mental health. This website is not psychotherapy treatment. If you have questions, need help or just want someone to talk with, please contact Counseling Services.