Welcome to the first #DolphinsLiveWell article of the 2015-2016 academic year!

The Wellness Center for Health and Counseling is excited to bring you our weekly column that we hope will educate you and lead you to a healthier lifestyle in mind, body, and spirit. We especially want you to participate in the weekly Healthy Monday tabling outside of the Dining Center from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm on Mondays. You might have noticed us last week introducing you to our services and to our new interns Amibel Tineo and Haley Quinlan, as well as letting you know that we have moved to the second floor of Seton Hall, underscoring our integration with Health Services.

For our new freshmen, we welcome you and hope that your time at Le Moyne will be successful, happy, and healthy! Next Monday on Sept. 14 will be our National Depression Screening Day. You will have the opportunity to not only see Amibel and Haley, but also members of the Psychology Club and the staff of the Counseling Center. We will be asking you to take a few minutes and fill out a questionnaire for us and in return we will have some treats!

Depression and suicide are ever-present on college campuses, including our own. We are aware that more and more students are coming to college already having been treated for depression and anxiety. A nationwide statistic found by the National Institute of Mental Health reports that 30 percent of college students have reported feeling so depressed in the last year that they can’t function. In addition, we also know that many students have had thoughts of suicide at one time or another. While the rate of suicide among college students is lower than that of the general population, somewhere between 6 and 8 percent of college students report having serious suicidal thoughts, and between 1 and 2 percent of students will actually attempt suicide each year. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that the rate of suicide among college students is about 7.5 per 100,000. The rate for the general population of young people ages 20 to 24 is about 13 per 100,000.

While we know that not everyone who is depressed will think about suicide, we also know that most suicidal people have experienced depression. Our goal is to let you know that there is help available, and that there is hope!

Reach out to a friend, professor, RA, AD, the Wellness Center, or Campus ministry — or anyone on campus whom you trust — we are all here for you. The Le Moyne community wants you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE . . . and that Dolphins take care of each other!

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