GSU Hosts 25th Annual National Depression Day Screening
To increase awareness and encourage early intervention for mood and anxiety disorders, Governors State University is hosting a campus-wide National Depression Screening Day® event, an annual campaign to bring public attention to the critical needs of students living with depression and other mood disorders. The screening event will be held in the Hall of Governors on Thursday, October 6 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and will mark twenty-five years of large-scale mental health screening efforts by Screening for Mental Health, a Boston-area non-profit.
Similar to many physical illnesses, early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery from mental illness. The anonymous and confidential screening tool is designed to help students examine any thoughts or behaviors that may be associated with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or posttraumatic stress disorder. After completing the self-assessment, students will be able to talk to a mental health professional and receive treatment information through Governors State University, if necessary.
About Screening for Mental Health
Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH), the pioneer of large-scale mental health screening for the public, provides innovative mental health and substance abuse resources, linking those in need with quality treatment options. SMH programs, offered online and in-person, educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol use disorders, and suicide. Thousands of organizations worldwide including hospitals, military installations, colleges, secondary schools, corporations, utilize our educational and screening programs, and in turn, have reached millions of people ranging from teenagers to adults.
For more information about Screening for Mental Health, visit www.MentalHealthScreening.org.
There is an increasing number of college students who are arriving on campus with mental health issues. The Governors State University Counseling Center’s goals for this event are to help identify students who may be struggling with depression or other mood disorders and connect them with quality, treatment options early on.