National Depression Screening Day
Free screenings will be offered
Depression affects more than 16 million adults in the U.S. each year, according to Mental Health America.
In observance of National Depression Screening Day, the Mental Health America of Aiken County has partnered with Aiken Technical College’s Office of Recruitment & Student Experience to offer free screenings Thursday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It is very important to observe National Depression Screening Day on college campuses because knowledge is power. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression is important because treating depression is the first step to preventing suicide. Because college students are often dealing with stress and anxiety as well as possible substance abuse, they may experience depression and thoughts of suicide,” said Lisa Tindal, executive director of the Mental Health America of Aiken County. “MHA Aiken County's mission is to promote positive mental health and to help people in crisis. Aiken Technical College, in hosting this event, is offering hope to students who may be depressed as well as providing critical information to promote the well-being of all students.”
Information and screening stations will be set up in the College’s 700 building atrium from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and then in the lobby of the Student Activities Center from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Information will be provided on the signs and symptoms of various mood and anxiety disorders. People may also complete a brief, confidential screening questionnaire. Counselors will be available during the event.
Melissa Johnson, director of the Office of Recruitment & Student Experience, hopes the event will help raise awareness about depression and available resources.
“College can and should be a wonderful experience for students, but some struggle with the transition or with balancing the demands of life overall. We want students to know that they are not alone and to connect them to services that can help,” she said. “We hope to empower our students by equipping them with knowledge and skills for life.”