Learn about depression and options for treatment in a free information session that is open to the Parkland College campus and community residents.
Parkland College will host National Depression Screening Day events on Wednesday, November 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room D244.
Recent data indicate that a significant number of students on campuses across the country experience mental health problems. In addition, the rate of suicide among this population has been convincingly established at 7.5 per 100,000 students per year. The majority of these students do not seek professional help.
Parkland's Counseling and Advising Center and the Champaign-Urbana Mental Health Public Education Committee are sponsoring the screening day. Along with information about the symptoms and treatment of depression, as well as directions for obtaining effective help, the day's events include a video screening, The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College. A panel of local mental health professionals and representatives from mental health support groups will lead discussion following the video. The event provides an opportunity to ask questions.
Confidential depression screening also will be available in the Counseling and Advising Center immediately following the program and is always available upon request.
Symptoms of depression can include prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells, significant changes in eating and sleeping patterns, irritability or agitation, pessimism, lethargy/loss of energy, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, inability to concentrate, inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal, unexplained aches and pains, and recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
For more information, contact Jennifer Klatsky in the Counseling and Advising Center, 217/351-2453 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Further information about the diagnosis and treatment of depression is available at www.freedomfromfear.org
Online Resources for Depression and Other Mental Health Issues
The CRISIS LINE: 217/359-4141 (24-hr. emergency assistance for Champaign-Urbana area residents) The JED Foundation
: Suicide prevention/reducing emotional distress for college students