Counseling Center Provides Education, Screening

Posted: October 10, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Greg Guenthner

Depression screening tests will be available today, National Depression Screening Day, at 1 p.m. in SUB I, Room C. The free screenings are anonymous and allow any George Mason students, faculty members, or staff members to talk one-on-one with a mental health professional.

A general lecture will be followed by a brief consultation with a professional on the results of the screening survey. Representatives from the Counseling Center will also be available at Johnson Center Kiosk A.

The Counseling Center has been conducting the screening program since 1994, and various organizations, such as cosponsors Psi Chi and Student Health Services, have been invited to participate, according to Fu-Lin Lee, assistant director for Counseling Services.

“Depression is such an invisible yet powerful and potentially disabling and fatal illness that I think we all need to learn to recognize and defeat,” says Lee. “Be it for educational or personal reasons, the knowledge will help us to prevent suicide, detect early warning signs, and have timely and appropriate treatment.”

For more information, contact the Counseling Center at (703) 993-2380.

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