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, held across the country every October, is an opportunity for students to better understand what they might be experiencing. NIU Depression Screening Day is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.
The screening provides a quick and easy way to check for depression and other mental health issues.
NIU’s Counseling and Student Development Center will offer free and confidential screening 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 Holmes Student Center. For more information, call Erica Barnes 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.