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Campus offers free mental health screenings

September 30, 2010

KOKOMO, Ind. – About one in four adults suffers from some type of mental disorder – and for this reason, students with Indiana University Kokomo's Psychology Club want to help raise awareness by offering free mental health screenings on campus.

On Thursday, October 7, faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to meet confidentially with trained clinicians from Howard Regional Behavioral Health to obtain information about whether they might benefit from treatment for an emotional condition. The screenings will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Main Building, Room 207. No appointment is necessary.

"In general, most people are afraid to ask for help," said Scott Johnson, a senior majoring in psychology and treasurer of the Psychology Club. "There's a certain stigma that comes along with mental health. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who has been feeling depressed or unable to cope with adversity to receive confidential counseling."

Christina Downey, assistant professor of psychology, says mental health can be described as how people think, feel, and act as they cope with life. It also helps determine how people handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Mental health disorders – depression, phobias, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and many others - are real diseases that a person cannot will or wish away. Medicines and therapy can improve the life of most people with mental illnesses. Treatment options will be recommended by the clinicians, if necessary.

"Trained volunteer members of the Psychology Club will be assisting the clinicians in general tasks associated with holding the screening event," Downey said. "Last year's event was highly successful in putting many campus and community members in contact with needed services."

For more information, contact Downey at downeyca@iuk.edu.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/07/2014