TNCC Offers Online Depression Screening to Aid Students


Published: October 12, 2010

While college is a crucial time of development and growth for most students, it can also be overwhelming for some. Acknowledging that everyday sources of stress can eventually lead to problems with depression and anxiety when left untreated, Thomas Nelson Community College now offers online mental health screenings for a range of common emotional conditions that tend to go undiagnosed.

Students can complete a simple, confidential questionnaire to determine what is wrong and see the treatment options available, according to Richard Hurst, Disabilities Coordinator at TNCC.  He said 4 out of 10 college students report feeling so depressed that they have difficulty functioning in everyday life.

“Many students don’t associate their lack of energy to a mood disorder,” said Hurst. “Often they feel like being too tired all the time is a normal part of being a student. This is not true. We’re offering completely anonymous online screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Students don’t have to feel that way. Help is available and please share this with anyone such as a family member or friend who might be in need.”

To take a free mental health screening, visit http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/tncc. Immediately following a screening, students receive feedback about their scores, along with referral to local resources if appropriate.

Some of the questions included in the online 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?

Data from the American College Health Association-National College Health Association (ACHA-NCHA) as of fall 2009 reveals:

  • 46 percent of College Students felt things were hopeless anytime within the past year
  • 84 percent of students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do anytime within the past year
  • 60 percent of students felt very sad anytime within the past year

For more information about mental health screening at TNCC, call 825-2827 or, email hurstr@tncc.edu.



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