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Confidential, Online Mental Health Screenings Available for Students
Campus life is back in full swing and students are busy adjusting to new classes, jobs, sports, and friends. While college serves as a crucial time of development and growth for most students, it can also be overwhelming for some. When left untreated, everyday stressors can eventually lead to problems with depression and anxiety. In fact, 4 out of 10 college students report feeling so depressed that they have difficulty functioning in everyday life.
October 7 is National Depression Screening Day. The University of Hartford is offering online mental health screenings for a range of common emotional conditions that tend to go undiagnosed. Students can complete a simple, confidential questionnaire to determine what is wrong and the treatment options available.
"Many students don't associate their lack of energy to a mood disorder," says Dave Albert, director of Counseling and Psychological Services. "Often, they feel like being too tired all the time is a normal part of being a student. This is not true. We're offering completely anonymous online screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Students don't have to feel that way. Help is available."
To take a free mental health screening, visit www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/UNIVOFHARTFORD. Immediately following a screening, students receive feedback about their scores, along with referral to campus resources if appropriate.
Some of the questions included in the online screening are:
-- Have you lost pleasure in things you used to enjoy?
-- Do you have trouble sleeping or eating?
-- Do you deliberately avoid social situations?
-- Does your mood fluctuate between overly "high" and utterly hopeless?
-- Do you suffer from unexplained aches and pains?
National Depression Screening Day College Fact Sheet
-- 46 percent of college students felt things were hopeless anytime within the past year (American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment Data Fall 2009)
-- 84 percent of students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do anytime within the past year (American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment Data Fall 2009)
-- 60 percent of students felt very sad anytime within the past year (American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment Data Fall 2009)
-- Counseling Center Directors reported that nearly half of their clients have severe psychological problems (2009 National Survey of Counseling Center Directors)
-- 70.6 percent of directors said the number of crisis issues has increased over the last five years (2009 National Survey of Counseling Center Directors)
-- Eighty-one percent of those students who died by suicide last year had never been clients of the counseling center (2009 National Survey of Counseling Center Directors)
-- A report by the American Psychological Association in August of this year said that mental health issues are more common amongst college students than they were 10 years ago. The study said more incoming students are arriving on campus with pre-existing conditions and a willingness to seek help for their emotional problems.