Counseling Center Offers Free Depression Screening to Faculty, Staff, and Students

Posted: September 28, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone and Tara Laskowski

The Counseling Center will offer depression screening tests on Thursday, Oct. 7, National Depression Screening Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in SUB I, Rooms 364 and 219. The free screenings are anonymous and allow any George Mason students, or faculty and staff members, to talk one-on-one with a mental health professional. A lecture on mental health will also take place at 1 p.m. that day in SUB I, Room C.

The depression screening is just one example of the free services the Counseling Center offers to faculty, staff, and students. Staffed by certified and professional counselors, the center offers workshops and services ranging from “Skills for Living” to tutoring services and a host of self-development and counseling services. Staff can accommodate speakers of a variety of languages in addition to English, including American Sign Language, Farsi, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese.

Both individual and group counseling sessions are offered on a weekly basis for much of the fall and spring semesters. Among them are groups focusing on personal growth, relationships, learning disabilities, body image, support for adult children of alcoholics, and international student issues.

The Counseling Center also offers academic skills workshops, focusing on goal-setting, overcoming procrastination, improving concentration, scheduling and time management, and exam strategies. A workshop specifically designed for graduate students preparing to work on their theses is also offered.

In addition to its workshops and programs, the center houses the Self-Help Library, which includes materials ranging from books and audio tapes to VHS tapes and computer-assisted programs. These materials can be used individually by students, faculty, and staff or in tandem with a counselor. The Stress Management Lounge, which features a variety of audio and visual multimedia options and a heated massage pad, is available in 30-minute increments and can be reserved.

For more information on any of the center’s programs, facilities, and other services, call 703-993-2380 or visit its web site.

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