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National Depression Screening Day Event

Wed, Oct 18, 2017 starting at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
 

Free film screening, panel of experts, information on symptoms and treatment, more 

Help is available to area residents for handling depression.

Parkland College will host its annual National Depression Screening Day information session Wednesday, Oct. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room U140.National Depression Screening Day

This free event is cosponsored by the college's Counseling Services department and the Champaign-Urbana Mental Health Public Education Committee and is open to the campus and community.

It includes a showing of the video The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College, followed by a panel discussion featuring local mental health professionals and representatives from mental health support groups. The program will include information about the symptoms and treatment of depression, directions for obtaining effective help, and the opportunity to ask questions.

Confidential screening will be available in Counseling Services, U267, immediately following the program and is always available upon request.  

Symptoms of depression can include prolonged sadness, significant changes in eating and sleeping patterns, irritability, loss of energy, feelings of hopelessness, inability to concentrate, loss of interest in daily activities, social withdrawal, unexplained aches and pains, and recurring thoughts of suicide.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Klatsky in Counseling Services at 217/351-2453 (jklatsky@parkland.edu) or Katie Schacht at 217/373-3924 (kschacht@parkland.edu). Twenty-four-hour emergency assistance is available by phone for anyone in the Champaign-Urbana community at the Crisis Line, 217/359-4141.

Further information about the diagnosis and treatment of depression is available at www.freedomfromfear.org.

To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800/273-TALK. Callers will receive suicide prevention counseling from trained staff at the closest certified crisis center in the network. An informational website about suicide prevention and reducing emotional distress for college students is The JED Foundation, available at www.jedfoundation.org/.
 
 

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