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Battle of the Blues Week

By: Erica Proffer
By: Erica Proffer

Mental health officials say depression and mental issues tend to show during college years.

However, one local organization is targeting depression among college students in their annual Battle of the Blues Week.

While some people say college is the "time of your life," some students find themselves stressed, anxious and feeling alone.

That’s where the Troy University's SAVE Project comes in.

Counselors are now giving free screenings to Troy students in their annual Battle of the Blues Week.

The screenings last around 15-20 minutes and look for warning signs that would be symptoms off issues like depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder or post traumatic stress disorder.

"A lot of the times, the mental health disorders, the onset is actually in your early 20s. So somebody who may have never had any problems in the past, come to school and they start experiencing these symptoms. They don’t know what’s wrong, and they don’t know what to do," explains Jenny Duncan, who is the SAVE Project Assistant Coordinator and Counselor for Troy University.

Officials say the screenings are actually for everyone. Even people who may not know they have symptoms of a mental heath problem.

However, officials say the screening is not used to diagnose, but simply a tool to help find any early warnings.

“There’s a stigma attached to mental health and mental health issues,” says Duncan. “The truth of the matter is millions of Americans struggle with something: depression, anxiety, you name it. It doesn’t mean you are crazy or that something is wrong with you. Everyone deals with something. The important thing, though, is to be assessed or evaluated. Come in and get screened."

At the end of the screenings, students are given brochures that talk about the different type of "blues" issues.

Also, if a student needs counseling, the coordinators offer to set up appointments.

No medication is prescribed at the screenings.

If a student seems to have a serious mental condition, they would be recommended to see a doctor or psychiatrist.

The screenings will continue on Wednesday from 10AM until 3PM at the Troy University campus.

Or, all students can stop by the SAVE Project or call 670-3700 for more information.


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