CSUEB's CaPS to Conduct Depression Screening

  • October 20, 2008
  • MEDIA CONTACT: Barry Zepel, Media Relations Officer, (510) 885-3884

Educating the public about the signs and symptoms of depression, while de-stigmatizing mental health issues, is the goal of the 10th annual National Depression Screening Day on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) department of Cal State East Bay will conduct free depression screenings on that day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the university's Hayward campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. It will take place in front of the university bookstore. There is no charge for participants and the event is open to the public.

"Many students don't know the difference between having the blues and being depressed," said Brian Reinhardt, director of CaPS for the university. "Depression can significantly interfere with relationships and with the ability to succeed academically, professionally, and personally. Students may be worried about themselves, friends, or family members who appear to be depressed, and not know where to turn for help."

The event will provide participants with information about depression and help that is available, as well as individual depression screening, with results of the screening and appropriate referrals provided if further evaluation is necessary. It is hoped that the event will increase knowledge of the signs of depression while de-stigmatizing the process of seeking help for treatment, as well as provide ideas for positive mental health care and self-care strategies.

The depression screening will feature representatives from a pet therapy team that serves clients in the East Bay. Volunteers from the university's Psychology Club will distribute information about depression and other mental health-related topics. Various departments in Student Affairs will offer interactive wellness-related stations.

Additional information is available by contacting the CaPS office on the CSUEB campus at (510) 885-3690.

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