Free depression screening Thursday, part of Mental Illness Awareness Week


By Lucy McElroy

Students can receive free depression screenings and meet with counselors Thursday in the lobby of the Campus Life Center. An informational table will be set up from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Attendees will receive information on signs and symptoms of depression, forms of depression and anxiety, and resources available through Counseling Services.

National Depression Screening Day is observed as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The day is devoted to promoting mental health education and spreading awareness of support services. A free, anonymous depression screening is online at

Mental health screenings are important for college students because of common stressors. Inadequate sleep, poor eating habits, and lack of exercise can all contribute to depression, according to These elements add up and can be risk factors of depression.

Students should be aware of free, confidential services available to them on campus. Counseling Services is located in the Campus Life Center, Suite 224 and provides comprehensive counseling to currently enrolled students.

For more information, contact Counseling Services between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. by phone at 864-503-5195.