Free screening for depression Oct. 12

Mental health professionals from SUNY Oswego’s Counseling Services Center will offer the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and to participate in a free screening as part of National Depression Screening Day, Oct. 12.

The free program will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hewitt Union formal lounge on campus.

Participants can learn about the causes, symptoms and treatments of depression through videos and educational materials. Individuals can complete an anonymous written screening test for depression and discuss the results with a mental health professional.

Fewer than half of the millions of Americans who suffer depression each year actually seek treatment, even though treatment can help 80 to 90 percent of those affected.

Common symptoms of depression are feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, restlessness and irritability, changes in sleep and appetite, loss of energy and thoughts of death.

“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 Dr. Warren Baldwin, assistant director of SUNY Oswego’s Counseling Services Center.

For more information, call 312-4416.

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CONTACT: Dr. Warren Baldwin, 312-4416

(Posted: Sep 21, 2005)