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UK Mental Health Screenings and Training

Contact: Amanda White

 

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Students may schedule an appointment at the UK Counseling & Testing Center by calling (859) 257-8701. Mental health appointments at the University Health Service can be made by calling (859) 323-5511. For more information about the depression, stress and anxiety screenings, contact the UK Department of Psychiatry at (859) 323-6021, ext. 272.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2003) -- The University of Kentucky is working to ensure that students and others in the university community who may be experiencing depression, stress or anxiety seek information and appropriate treatment if needed.

In conjunction with National Depression Screening Day, free screenings for depression, stress and anxiety will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at the William T. Young Library. The screenings are sponsored by the Mental Health Advocates of Central Kentucky.

Health care professionals will be available for those who would like to receive a confidential, one-on-one review of their screening. While the screening will not make a diagnosis, those who are screened can be referred for evaluation.

An information booth also will be available for those who would like to pick up materials or ask questions.

Students may schedule an appointment at the UK Counseling & Testing Center by calling (859) 257-8701. Mental health appointments at the University Health Service can be made by calling (859) 323-5511.

For more information about the depression, stress and anxiety screenings, contact the UK Department of Psychiatry at (859) 323-6021, ext. 272.

In addition, the University of Kentucky is the first college or university in Kentucky to offer the “Question, Persuade, Refer” (QPR) suicide prevention program. Led by UK Counseling & Testing Center director Mary Bolin-Reece, Ph.D., the program educates participants on how to recognize risk factors and warning signs of suicide, talk to someone who may be depressed and who may be having suicidal thoughts – asking the person directly if he or she is thinking about suicide – then persuade the person to seek help, and refer to appropriate mental health resources.

The QPR training is currently available to UK faculty, staff and student groups by request, as Bolin-Reece can schedule trainings. Bolin-Reece hopes that the training eventually will be available to any UK faculty, staff and students who are interested in learning a potentially life-saving technique, which some compare to the widespread training for CPR or the Heimlich maneuver. Knowing what to do in an emergency may keep someone alive long enough for professionals to assess and intervene . For more information about QPR training, contact Bolin-Reece at mcreec01@uky.edu, or at (859) 257-8701.


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