A stomp in the right direction toward combating mental health stigma
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 23:10
Last week’s mental health awareness events were a great step toward removing the stigma from depression and similar illnesses. Nobody should be afraid to get screened for mental health, and the university offering free depression screenings at Trabant University Center is a great way to reinforce and support this idea. Having people publically get screened shows they are not ashamed to address the issue.
Mental health screening is especially important on college campuses, where high levels of stress and depression are known to occur. The screening can lead to catching potential issues early and then getting help with the issues before they can cause problems down the road. The university offers free counseling sessions in the student wellness center which should further encourage students to seek professional help should they need it.
If a student is concerned about a prolonged cold or flu, he or she is usually not afraid or ashamed to go to student health for free, so why should a student be ashamed to get mental health screening? The university is taking steps in the right direction toward stomping out the stigma of seeking help for mental health.