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Week of October 3, 2011

U-M offers screenings for National Depression Screening Day

More than 20 million people in the United States — approximately one in 15 — suffer from depression, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Thursday is National Depression Screening Day and, in support, several university programs will offer free, in-person, one-on-one mental health screenings for depression.

“We’re fortunate programs exist to help us recognize and cope with how life’s stressors and events may be affecting our mental and emotional well-being,” says Kathleen Robertson, director of the U-M Health System Employee Assistance Program (UMHS EAP). “Screenings for mental health are as important as screenings for heart disease and diabetes and should be a routine part of our health care.”

In-person depression screenings will be conducted Thursday at the following locations:

• U-M Psychological Clinic, 530 Church St., Suite 2463, noon-6 p.m. (open to the public, no university affiliation needed)

Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., second floor, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (open to the public, no university affiliation needed)

• UMHS Employee Assistance Program (UMHS EAP), D2101 Medical Professional Building, and at the Towsley Triangle, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

• U-M Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (U-M FASAP), 1009 Greene St., 2076 Administrative Services Building, 1-4 p.m. (employees and immediate family members only)

For those who cannot attend an in-person screening, online mental health screenings also are available for depression and other common mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol misuse, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

For faculty and staff, MHealthy offers confidential, anonymous online mental health screenings at Participants will receive an immediate result at the end of each screening that can be printed and taken to a counselor for further evaluation, if necessary.

For students, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a 24/7 online screening tool at (click on the online screenings link on the left side of the page).

Short-term counseling for university students, faculty and staff always is available:

• Ann Arbor campus and Flint employees can contact U-M FASAP at 734-936-8660 or

• UMHS employees can contact UMHS EAP at 734-763-5409 or

• Dearborn employees can call 313-593-5430.

• Students can contact CAPS at 734-764-8312 or go to for more information. No-cost services are available for faculty and staff.

Additionally, the Psychological Clinic is a U-M agency offering outpatient mental health services for adults and couples 18 and over. University affiliation is not required to receive services. The Psychological Clinic is a fee-for-service clinic, and accepts insurances and offers sliding scale fees. Call 734-764-3471 for more information.

Go to to learn more about all options available.

Screenings are provided through the cooperative efforts of the U-M Depression Center (, U-M Psychological Clinic (, U-M Counseling and Psychological Services (, MHealthy (U-M FASAP ( and UMHS EAP ( and Rackham Graduate School (



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