National Depression Screening Day is Oct. 6

Did you know that one in five college students is impacted by anxiety or depression? Oct. 6 is National Depression Screening Day, and Vanderbilt students should be aware of the mental health resources available on campus.

Taking the first step toward mental health care can be hard. You may have experienced barriers such as stigma, cost, worry that your cultural identity won’t be affirmed, or simply not knowing who to turn to. The Student Care Network strives to make support resources accessible to all students.

The Student Care Network will host a table at the Rand Wall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. Stop by to learn more about depression and how to get connected to resources and support on campus, and pick up University Counseling Center and Student Care Network swag.

“I think I might be depressed, what should I do next?”

You can connect with Vanderbilt University resources, including:

Vanderbilt also offers students self-directed tools. To find out more or get access to the resources listed below, visit the Student Care Network’s Self-Directed Tools website.

Vanderbilt Telehealth by Academic LiveCare (VTALC): A free, confidential, virtual platform for behavioral and physical health appointments.

Headspace: Mindfulness can be a great tool to navigate stressors and mental health issues. Vanderbilt has arranged for students to have free access to Headspace, an award-winning, research-backed digital tool for mindfulness.

Mindcheck: An emotional health tool available to students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. Measure your mindset and get immediate feedback and resources to foster a more balanced outlook and perspective.

My Student Support Program (My SSP): A free, 24/7 confidential support program available to all international students. My SSP provides free access to confidential counseling services as well as a variety of well-being resources. Services are available in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, French and English. Other languages are available upon request.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or with suicidal ideation, contact:

  • University Counseling Center – call 615-322-2571 (press 2 if calling after hours)
  • Crisis Text Line – text “VANDY” to 741741
  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – dial 988
  • Students of Color Crisis Text Line – text STEVE to 741741
  • LGBTQI students under 25: Trevor Lifeline – call 866-488-7386, or text START to 678-678
  • Trans Lifeline – call 877-565-8860