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UCF CARES

Depression is a growing concern on college campuses. About 17 percent of students will experience some form of depression during their time in college. The Bounce Back campaign from UCF Cares offers students tips and resources for managing mild to moderate depression. These tools have been proven to lessen the symptoms of depression and are easy to adopt and self-manage, thereby providing a resource that students can use even if they are not comfortable seeking professional help.

The information and resources provided through the Bounce Back campaign are developed by Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services.

Our Goals

  • Educate – students are not alone in feeling this way, and that at some point in college many students will feel depressed

  • Elicit – to use the tools and resources on campus to help them through the difficult times

  • Encourage – makes changes in as many areas as you can, notice the differences in how you feel, and seek help if needed. “What is one thing you can do this week to help yourself feel better?”

The Tools You Need

How you can you help a friend Bounce Back

  • Don’t be afraid to ask a friend how they are doing

  • Share resources that are available for free at UCF or in the community

  • Encourage them to visit or learn more about counseling or health services by exploring UCFCares.com

  • If you are worried that your friend may be a harm to themselves or others, seek emergency support by calling 911, UCF Police Department at 407-823-555 or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) hotline at 407-823-2811

  • Refer the student through UCFCares.com or connect with a Care Manager at Student Care Services

Where to Get Help