Do you have a friend or roommate who is overwhelmed, depressed or anxious? If these feelings persist, students dont have to look far for help at West Virginia University.

The caring, professional staff members at the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services provide group and individual counseling for a wide range of student concerns. They also hold special events to raise awareness about mental health issues.

One of these events is Depression Screening Day at WVU . Interested students and community members may get free, anonymous screenings done from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the center on the third floor of the Student Services Building next to the Mountainlair.

The goal is to educate WVU students and community members about signs of depression and bipolar disorder, said Peter Kahn, staff psychologist and outreach coordinator. The event coincides with the National Depression Screening Day held each fall to call attention to mood and anxiety disorders on a national level.

Kahn said screenings take about 10 minutes to complete, and counselors will be available to talk to participants about their personal concerns. Information about on- and off-campus help will also be available.

I am always appreciative that the timing of this screening event falls around midterms in the fall semester,Kahn said.That is a time when many students are feeling overwhelmed and some begin to experience a form of depression. It is also early enough that students can recover and retrieve a semester that, without intervention, could have easily gone down the tubes.

If students are unable to make the screenings, they are encouraged to call the Carruth Center at 304-293-4431 to set up an evaluation.

The staffs mission is to provide psychological services to assist students academic and personal development. The center also offers psychological consultation and outreach services to faculty, staff, parents and resident assistants.

Other services include:

  • A walk-in counseling clinicopen from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Monday through Friday on the third floor of the Student Services Building
  • Personal counseling for difficulties adjusting to WVU , self-esteem concerns, troubling feelings (including excessive worry, moodiness or irritability), relationship difficulties, traumatic or other difficult events, identity issues and eating problems
  • Educational counseling for poor academic performance (including how to break the news to family), test anxiety, study difficulties and time management problems
  • Career counseling for students who are having difficulty deciding on a major or career
  • Group counselingfall groups include anger management, stress management, body confidence and general therapy
  • Testing servicesmajor and career decisions, learning disability testing and national standardized testing
  • Sport psychology consultation for individuals and teams
  • Training programspredoctoral internships and a WVU Hypnosis Study Group

In addition, the Carruth Center is involved with the following campus programs

and groups: Safe Zonea WVU program that identifies and trains faculty and staff to provide support and resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and employees; Operation Jump-Start, a University-wide initiative designed to help promote student success; Sexual Assault Task Force; Social Justice Council; and alcohol committee workshops and presentations to student groups, classes, resident halls, administration and staff.

The Carruth Center has been on the WVU campus for over 40 years and continues to provide high-quality psychological resources for students,Director Cathy Yura said.Todays college students need these resources more than ever with the demanding, competitive society we live in. The staff is dedicated professionals who provide a supportive, confidential environment to students so they can learn about themselves and how they can be productive members of society.

Counseling services are free for enrolled, fee-paying WVU undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Some fees are charged for testing services.

Students are allotted 12 individual appointments per year, but there is no limit on how often a student participates in a group session.

The Carruth Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Some group sessions and individual appointments are held in the evenings.

For after-hours emergencies, call 304-293-4431.

On the Net:http://www.wvu.edu/~cocenter/index.shtml