UNM SHAC to Participate in Mental Health Screening Day

September 27, 2011 - Dorene DiNaro

As part of Mental Health Screening Day, UNM Student Health & Counseling (SHAC) is offering students a free mental health check-up on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in SHAC, room 155 (outside SHAC's west entrance). Students will have an opportunity to take a brief, anonymous screening and meet one-on-one with a mental health professional.

The screening provides students with insight into symptoms they might be experiencing and offers helpful treatment and referral information, if necessary.

A screening test is not a substitute for a complete evaluation, but it can help students learn if their symptoms are consistent with anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the questions included in the screening are:

  • Have you lost pleasure in things you used to enjoy?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping or eating?
  • Do you deliberately avoid social situations?
  • Does your mood fluctuate between overly "high"and utterly hopeless?
  • Do you suffer from unexplained aches and pains?

Free, anonymous screenings are also available online at http://shac.unm.edu/selfhelptools.htm. For more information, call SHAC Counseling Services at (505) 277-4537.