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For Immediate Release

Oct. 6, 2009

Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

Media Alert: Ohio State Lima participates in National Depression Screening Day Oct. 8

Free screenings and referrals available to all OSU students, faculty and staff

Ohio State Lima’s Counseling and Consultation Services will provide all Ohio State students, faculty and staff with free mental health screenings, information and referrals from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 8, 2009, in the Galvin Hall first floor lobby.

Thursday is National Depression Screening Day, a nationwide event designed to raise awareness about clinical depression, suicide, anxiety, and other mental health issues common among college students. In addition to providing free screenings and information, organizers hope to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and seeking treatment.

“Many who suffer from mental illness experienced their first symptoms during college,” said Samantha Haudenschield, PsyD, Ohio State Lima Counseling and Consultation Services therapist.  “Clearly, depression, suicide, anxiety, and other mental illnesses are a serious concern for college students and early intervention can be important.”

Private rooms will be available for confidential screenings and referrals.