Transforming Lives: PGCC Encourages Students to Focus on Health…From the Inside, Out

Article by: Jennifer Colter

We live in an uber-fast society that forces us to do everything at the speed of light.  So it's no mystery why millions of people get overwhelmed by their jobs, school, family life, bills and just the everyday pressures of life. Having issues to contend with on a daily basis can greatly contribute to anxiety, anger, and fear. One may even feel as though they might erupt or have a meltdown-feeling completely overwhelmed. You are not alone. Millions of people are affected by these emotions every day-no matter their race, gender, financial status, or educational background. But when changes in mood and behavior interfere with one's ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities, it could be a sign of depression.

Prince George's Community College is committed to being an institution that invests in its students and contributes to their cumulative college experience. That means ensuring that students and the PGCC community have access to resources and information designed to promote a healthy academic and personal life balance.

This year, PGCC is hosting National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) at the Largo Student Center, Community Room A and the Terrace, on Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. NDSD gives people the opportunity to take a free, anonymous questionnaire assessing their risk for mood and anxiety disorders and provides referral information for treatment. Students and the PGCC community can learn more about the symptoms that can lead to depression in a discrete and safe environment. What you learn may help you or a friend remember just how great life can be.

For anyone interested in receiving more information about National Depression Screening Day, please call 301 546-0149. 


Here's an official news brief from the NDSD Screening for Mental Health® website:

Quick Click to a Healthier Future

Mental health is the foundation of overall health. And yet while many folks have gym memberships, watch their weight and diet, and have regular checkups with their doctor, the vast majority of them don't pay similar consideration to their mental health. For many people, it remains a mysterious, even unknown, part of their lives. 

But it doesn't have to be. With the Internet, and the proliferation of information and organizations dealing with mental health that can be accessed on the Web, things are changing. One critical element of this is the advent of online mental health screenings. Now you can take a free, anonymous, self-assessment for depression, anxiety, alcohol and more, without even leaving your home. The assessments are not intended to be diagnostic, but they are excellent indicators of whether further help should be sought. 

We encourage you, your family, and your friends to try one or more of these brief assessments. Visit to find a local organization offering free, anonymous depression and anxiety screenings or take one online today.

Prince George's Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George's Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George's Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at, follow on Twitter , Facebook ,Foursquare,LinkedIn and tune-in toTransforming Lives at Prince George's Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.   

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