In conjunction with National Depression Screening Day, Hobart and William Smith will offer private mental health screenings for all students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Scandling Campus Center. Members of the HWS community are encouraged to stop by the National Depression Screening Day table to take a brief screening, in which they will fill out a validated questionnaire, and review their results with a psychologist from the Counseling Center. During the event, the campus community can also learn more about getting involved with To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA’s) efforts on campus, as well as sign up for the Counseling Center’s suicide prevention training.
National Depression Screening Day is held annually in order to educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for depression. The nationwide effort works to eliminate the stigma around mental health diagnoses, and on the HWS campus to encourage students, faculty, and staff to care for their mental health and wellness.
To organize this event, the HWS Counseling Center partnered with the HWS chapter of TWLOHA, a non-profit organization that aids people who struggle with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide.
Students also can visit the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness for free and confidential psychological services. Students unable to attend National Depression Screening Day can schedule an appointment at the Counseling Center to take the screening. Appointments can be scheduled over the phone at 315-781-3388, online, or by walking in the office at 91 St. Clair St.
For more information about the Counseling Center, please visit: http://www.hws.edu/studentlife/counseling.aspx
If you ever feel in crisis for yourself or for someone else, you can walk-in to the Counseling Center to be evaluated during business hours or reach the after-hours crisis manager on call 24/7 by contacting Campus Safety at 315-781-3333. The national suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255.