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 for depression and other conditions will be available with a trained mental health professional Thursday at the following locations:
• 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.)
• Michigan Medicine Employee Assistance Program, D2101 Medical Professional Building, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (For Michigan Medicine faculty, staff and immediate family members.)
• U-M Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, 1009 Greene St., 2076 Administrative Services Building, 1-4 p.m. (For campus employees and their immediate family members.)
Feedback provided after a screening is informational, not diagnostic. Based on screening results, the mental health professional may recommend a more comprehensive evaluation.
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 at screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/UMICHIGAN.
• For students, Counseling and Psychological Services offers confidential, anonymous online mental health screenings at screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/goblue.
• For the general public, the U-M Psychological Clinic offers confidential, anonymous online mental health screenings at psychclinic.org.
Confidential short-term counseling is always available to university faculty, staff and students at no charge:
• Dearborn campus employees, call 313-593-5430.
• Students, contact CAPS at 734-764-8312 or visit the CAPS website at caps.umich.edu.
• For the general public, the U-M Psychological Clinic offers outpatient mental health services for adults and couples 18 and older. 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 at psychclinic.org for more information.