Thursday is NIU Depression Screening Day

Photo of young woman with depressionNational Depression Screening Day is held across the country every October. 

This screening provides a quick and easy way to check for depression and other mental health issues.

Each academic year millions of students are affected by depression, anxiety or a related mental health issue.

Yet social stigma, confusion and a simple lack of knowledge of the resources available prevent many from seeking out the help they need. National Depression Screening Day is an opportunity for students to better understand what they might be experiencing.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, NIU’s Counseling and Student Development Center will offering free and confidential screenings for depression and a range of common mental health concerns.

At the screenings, which take less than 10 minutes, students fill out questionnaires and talk with counselors about their personal situations. Even if they don’t have mood or anxiety disorders, students are invited to take advantage of the program.

The screenings are being held in the Lincoln Room of the the Holmes Student Center. For more information, call Brooke Ruxton at (815) 753-1206.

Non-students interested in local free depression screening should contact the Ben Gordon Center at (815) 756-4875. To find listings of other free depression screenings, visit www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org.

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