If you haven’t been feeling like yourself lately, a simple, confidential questionnaire can determine what is wrong and what you can do for help.
Whether for depression or another mental health issue, a mental health screening helps individuals to understand their state of mind and whether it might be wise to seek professional support.
UNM Student Health & Counseling (SHAC) will offer free screenings for UNM students on Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Student Union Building (SUB) Atrium and at SHAC.
“SHAC hosts a Mental Health Screening Day each year around this time to educate students about the most prevalent mental health issues that effect college students,” said Dr. Stephanie McIver, director of Counseling at SHAC. “This event also provides students an opportunity to do a quick assessment to determine if any symptoms they are currently experiencing should be evaluated by a mental health provider. We hope to increase the number of students who reach out for mental health assistance when they need it.”
Students will be asked to complete a written self-assessment and meet one-on-one with a mental health professional. Those who appear to need further evaluation will be referred to local services.
A screening test is not a substitute for a complete evaluation, but it can help students learn if their symptoms are consistent with anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Free, anonymous screenings are also available on the SHAC website.
For more information, call SHAC Counseling Services at 505-277-3136.