Sept. 26, 2001
COLLEGE TO OFFER FREE SCREENINGS FOR DEPRESSION
OSWEGO -- Mental health professionals from the SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center will offer an opportunity for the public to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and to participate in a free screening as part of National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 11.
The free program will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the formal lounge of Hewitt Union.
Through videos, slides and educational materials, participants can learn about the causes, symptoms and treatments of depression. Individuals will complete an anonymous written screening test for depression and will be able to discuss the results with a mental health professional.
Common symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, restlessness and irritability, changes in sleep and appetite, loss of energy and thoughts of death or suicide.
"We hope that our effort to provide mental health screening for depression will educate the members of the Oswego community about the signs and symptoms of depression and encourage those who may be vulnerable to seek evaluation and treatment," said Warren Baldwin, Counseling Center assistant director.
Depression strikes more than 17 million Americans each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Fewer than half of them, however, actually seek treatment, even though treatment can help 80 to 90 percent of those affected.
National Depression Screening Day, held each year during Mental Illness Awareness Week, was developed by Harvard psychiatrist Douglas Jacobs. Last year, more than 85,000 people attended screenings at 3,000 sites nationwide.
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