National Depression Screening Day is Oct. 5, 2023

In Other, by , on September 26th, 2023

October is Depression Awareness Month, and Thursday, Oct. 5, is National Depression Screening Day. The National Institute of Mental Health recognizes depression as an ever-increasing health problem in the United States, with a lifetime prevalence of nearly 20%. In addition, several recent reports suggest that rates of psychological problems, including depression, are on the rise among college students. The good news is that nearly 80% of people with clinical depression can be treated successfully.

Members of Active Minds (a student-run campus mental health awareness organization) will offer a free and confidential depression screening. The screening also assesses the possible presence of bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The screenings will take place in the lower level of the Gallagher Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, and will involve anonymous administration of a brief questionnaire. For those concerned about a relative or friend, numerous informative brochures will be available. Referrals will also be provided.

Further information about the depression screening may be obtained by calling Dr. Tim Osberg of the Department of Psychology at ext. 8524.