Free Depression Screening at Coker College on October 7

For more information, contact Christian Stryker - 843.383.8068

Hartsville, S.C. — Coker College is hosting a Depression Screening Day on Thursday, October 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the David R. and May R. Coker Student Center on campus. Screenings are free and open to the public.

“We hope that members of the community will participate in this important screening, especially if they have recently been less optimistic or hopeful than they have in the past,” said Dr. Katherine Kelly, director of Coker College’s Counseling Services.

According to Kelly, having a negative attitude can be a sign of depression or can increase the chances of becoming depressed.

“If your mood or outlook on life interferes with everyday activities and interpersonal relationships, it may mean more than just a temperamental trait,” she said.

Other symptoms of depression include: persistent sad, anxious or empty mood; feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness; loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities; difficulty concentrating or making decisions; restlessness or irritability; inability to sleep or oversleeping; changes in appetite or weight; and unexplained aches and pains.

The depression screening at Coker College involves completing a brief, written questionnaire, learning about the symptoms of depression, and how to help a friend or family member who may be at risk. Health care professionals will also be available for consultation. 

Coker College’s Depression Screening Day is sponsored by the college’s Counseling Center, Psi Chi Honor Society, and Mental Health America of Darlington County. For more information, contact Dr. Katherine Kelly at 843-383-8040 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 
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