'Battle of the Blues' provides free mental health screenings to TROY students

Posted: Saturday, 01 January 2011

TROY—Troy University's S.A.V.E. Project and Personal Counseling is making sure students are ready for "battle."

As part of the Battle of the Blues week, S.A.V.E. (Sexual Assault and Violence Education) is offering free, confidential mental health screenings to students from Oct. 17 to 21.

The screenings are available online at troy.troy.edu/save/counseling.html.

Each year, S.A.V.E. conducts mental health screenings, but this year it has changed its surveying method.

"In years past, we have had a several-day, in-person event on campus. Some years it was real popular and some years it wasn't," said Jenny Duncan, assistant coordinator/counselor. "We felt people were maybe embarrassed to come, so we are providing an online format so students can take it from the privacy of their homes."

Once a student completes the screening, it will give recommendations for steps to take, and they can make an appointment with S.A.V.E. counselors if they wish.

S.A.V.E. counselors say that college can be a stressful time for students. Students experiencing any of the following issues should consider the mental health screening: family problems, adjusting to college life, stress, anxiety, trouble with roommates or friends, anger management, relationship problems, substance abuse, mental illness, grief/loss of a loved one, eating disorders and sexuality concerns.