October 5, 2016
Topic: Human Resources
Clinical depression is a medical illness affecting more than 19 million American adults each year. Like screenings for physical illnesses, screenings for mental and emotional health are important for overall wellness.
In support of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, several U-M programs are offering faculty, staff, students and the community free in-person and online mental health screenings for depression.
Screenings are a good way to find out if depression might be the cause of feelings like prolonged sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of pleasure, hopelessness and worthlessness, and even physical pain.
Free one-on-one confidential screenings with a trained mental health professional will be available Thursday for depression and other conditions at locations listed below. Feedback provided after a screening is informational, not diagnostic. Based on screening results, the mental health professional may recommend a more comprehensive evaluation.
• U-M Depression Center, in partnership with the College of Engineering and Rackham Graduate School, Duderstadt Center on North Campus, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. (Open to the public, no university affiliation is needed.)
• UMHS Employee Assistance Program (UMHS EAP), D2101 Medical Professional Building, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (For UMHS faculty, staff, and immediate family members.)
• U-M Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (U-M FASAP), 1009 Greene St., 2076 Administrative Services Building, 1-4 p.m. (For campus employees and their immediate family members.)
Free online mental health screenings are available at any time for depression and other conditions, including bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol misuse, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Participants will receive an immediate result at the end of each screening to print and take to a counselor for further evaluation if necessary.
For faculty and staff, MHealthy offers confidential, anonymous online mental health screenings on its website.
• For students, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers confidential, anonymous online mental health screenings on the CAPS website.
• For the general public, the U-M Psychological Clinic offers confidential, anonymous online mental health screenings on its website. Just scroll down to the yellow screening button.
Confidential short-term counseling is always available to university faculty, staff and students at no charge:
• Ann Arbor and Flint campus employees, contact U-M FASAP at 734-936-8660, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit FASAP's website.
• Dearborn campus employees, call 313-593-5430.
• UMHS employees, contact UMHS EAP at 734-763-5409, email email@example.com or visit EAP's website.
• Students, contact CAPS at 734-764-8312, or visit the CAPS website.
For the general public, the U-M Psychological Clinic offers outpatient mental health services for adults and couples 18 and over. It is a fee-for-service clinic that accepts some insurance plans. University affiliation is not required. Call 734-764-3471 or visit its website for more information.
A complete listing of depression screening events on campus is available on the MHealthy website.