National Depression Screening Day

October is National Depression Awareness Month, and Thursday, October 11th is National Depression Screening Day which is dedicated to raising awareness and screening people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. Student Counseling Services and P.A.T.H. are collaborating to bring depression screening to the University of Montana Western campus.

Why screen for depression?
• Clinical depression is a serious medical condition
• Clinical depression can lead to suicide
• Sometimes people with depression mistakenly believe that the symptoms of depression are a “normal part of life.”
• Clinical depression affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups
• Clinical depression is treatable
• Screenings are often the first step in getting help *

Please stop by our Informational Table on Thursday, October 11th from 1pm – 5pm in the Lucy Carson Library Foyer. We will have private areas to take the Depression Screening and discuss the results with one of the Student Counselors, Jerry or Heidi. This event is also worth 700 Paw Prints.

We hope to see you there!

Confidential counseling is free and available to all students. We are located in the Dean of Students Center at 528 Poindexter Street, across from the Student Union Building. We also meet with students in the Dawg Zen room in Davis Hall.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call Student Affairs Associate, Cecelia Kuskie at (406) 683-7388, or contact Jerry Girard at (406) 683-7181, jerry.girard@umwestern.edu or Heidi Gjefle at (406) 683-7180, heidi.gjefle@umwestern.edu.

For an after-hour emergency, please call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room.

*Screenings are not a professional diagnosis. Screenings point out the presence or absence of depressive symptoms and provide a referral for further evaluation if needed.

* http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net * https://mentalhealthscreening.org

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