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NMSU offers free depression screenings Oct. 7

The New Mexico State University Counseling Center will offer free depression screenings on National Depression Screening Day Thursday, Oct. 7. The screenings, which are open to the public, will be at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Room 315 of the Corbett Center Student Union.

National Institutes of Health statistics indicate that 25 percent of people in the United States suffer from depression at some time in their lives. Depression is twice as common among women as among men, and it can begin at any age.

"That's why we encourage anyone who may be concerned about depression to participate in the screenings," said Corey Vas, an NMSU counseling psychologist and event organizer.

The event will last about an hour, he said. Participants will watch a 20-minute video and hear a presentation about depression and its treatment. After filling out a brief questionnaire to determine any symptoms of depression they may be experiencing, participants will receive advice on how to proceed to the next step, Vas said.

The NMSU Counseling Center offers free, confidential services to NMSU students and referral resources to others. National Depression Screening Day is a program of the National Mental Illness Screening Project.

For more information, call the Counseling Center at (505) 646-2731.