Supporting students' health with free depression screening

Triton’s Health Services Department will conduct a first-ever depression screening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Student Center Cafeteria, on Triton’s River Grove campus, recognizing National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) and Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 7-13, 2012).

Director of Health Services Jackie Marx said many students may be unaware that they are depressed. Symptoms include loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, problems concentrating, loss of appetite, problems falling asleep or sleeping too much and thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.

Triton College’s Depression Screening Day will teach students about the signs of depression and how to cope, as well as offer a brief, confidential screening that can be evaluated immediately. Students will then be connected to helpful resources, including the Academic Success Center, the counseling department, and the Student Assistance Program (SAP), which provides free counseling to students to help them return to a healthy home and productive life.