In August, actor Robin Williams committed suicide due to mental depression. Kent State University reach out to students on National Depression Screening Day. TV2’s Aja Phillips reports. . .
When does one realize they are suffering from depression, when it’s already too late? When they have thoughts of committing suicide?
National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) was hosted Oct. 9 on Kent State’s campus. It was open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the larger Kent community.
The questionnaire didn’t only screen for just depression, but bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder as well.
There are many people in life who deal with periods of depression around Kent State campus.
Well over 500 attendees took the five minute screening test. Once the questionnaire was filled out you received a score and was directed and spoke with a counselor to discuss your score.
Most students walked away with relief of knowing they are not depressed while other has high scores for depression.
Junior, Dominique Freeman suffers from depression and anxiety interfering with her ability to work, study, eat, sleep and have fun.
“After visiting with Katy Darling, I feel better,” said Freeman. “It’s always good to talk to somebody that understands you.”
The depression screening was confidential for everyone’s safety and health risk.
The Step Up and Speak Out Program is when it comes to individuals in emotional distress, or those who may exhibit disruptive behavior, it is important to step up and speak out. By doing so, you can be part of this effort. Helping those in need strenghtens our community and is an integral part of keeping the campus safe.
Kent State University’s Psychological Referral sources include: University Health Services at the DeWeese Health Center, Counseling and Human Development Center at White Hall and Psychological Clinic at Kent Hall.
If you are feeling down and depressed don’t be afraid to seek help. For TV2 News, I’m Aja Phillips.