Coming soon, Health & Wellness Services will have an online mental health screening available to WSU students.
Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you should connect with a mental health professional – it’s like a checkup from the neck up.
Mental health concerns are common. For example, a 2016 survey of WSU students found that within the past 12 months, 56.1 percent of Cougs reported feeling overwhelming anxiety at some point and 34.8 percent of Cougs felt so depressed that it was difficult to function (ACHA-NCHA, 2016).
While many students experience a mental health concern, they may be unsure if they need help or where to go for support. By making the mental health screening available, we hope to encourage Cougs to get help if they need it.
The program is free of charge, accessible online, and completely anonymous. At the end of the screening, students will get their results, recommendations, and information on local support resources.
By offering the screening, we’ll make progress towards fulfilling our SAMSHA Grant and JED Foundation goals of informing Cougs about mental health support services and decreasing stigma around mental health.
To promote the program, we collaborated with a team of students in the Murrow College of Communication. We’ll be using their research and suggestions as we implement this screening.
We purchased our screening program from Screening for Mental Health, Inc. If you would like to learn more about the mental health screening and stay up to date on mental health promotion and suicide prevention, you can subscribe to receive email updates.