Depression Screening slated for BC students next month

Cindy Hernandez, Reporter

Depression is a serious condition that can effect someone both physically and emotionally. It is described as a persistent feeling of sadness. Symptoms of depression may include: loss of interest, fatigue, insomnia, sleeping more than usual, headaches, digestive problems, irritability, difficulty concentrating, thoughts of suicide, and change in appetite.
Every year, the Bakersfield College Health Administration hosts free depression screenings on campus. This years’ screening will take place Nov. 6th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be held at Levinson Hall in rooms 6, 7, 14, 15, 40, and the lobby.
A private and confidential area is provided for a screener and the patient.
If anyone is in crisis, the BC mental health counselors will be there to help. Students can also invite and refer their friends.
Screeners from Clinica Sierra Vista will use a standard form to assess those who want to be checked.
There will also be activities hosted by Mentoring and Peer Services, informational mental health pamphlets, and free refreshments.
MAPS is supported by the Health and Wellness program and Student Government Services. They are here to make sure BC students are living healthy.
The screeners may refer those who have been assessed as a possible sufferer of depression to a mental health doctor or they can make an appointment with the mental health counselors at the BC Health Center.
There are two mental health counselors available for appointments on the BC campus.
Edie Warkentin is available Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Lorrie Webb is available Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students enrolled in at least one class on the BC campus are entitled to six sessions with the mental health counselors per semester at the health center in the Campus Center, room 3.
For more information, contact the BC Health Administration at (661) 395-4336.