Thursday, Oct. 8, is National Depression Screening Day. In recognition of this treatable health problem, St. Thomas’ Counseling and Psychological Services staff will offer information on how to take a confidential screening for depression from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Campus Way, Second Floor, Anderson Student Center.

Learn how you can complete a short inventory (as an individual or on behalf of someone else) online and get information from a counselor about depression and services available at Counseling and Psychological Services.

Nationally, approximately 30 percent of college students experience depression that interferes with their ability to enjoy life and perform to their potential. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Frequent sad or “empty” moods
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, helplessness or worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Changes in appetite
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Increased restlessness or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Physical symptoms, including headaches, stiffness or pain

If you or an acquaintance are experiencing some of these symptoms, stop by the information table on Oct. 8.

For more information visit the National Institute of Mental Health website or contact Counseling and Psychological Services in Murray-Herrick Campus Center, Room 356 (651) 962-6780.

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