For Immediate Release October 1, 2012
In the U.S., almost one in 10 adults has depression but more than half of those suffering never seek treatment. Screening for depression and other mood disorders is important as it allows individuals to identify warning signs early, and connect with the appropriate treatment resources. Early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery.
National Depression Screening Day, October 11, serves as a supportive community initiative to connect the public with mental health screenings. Memorial Behavioral Health will offer free depression screenings on Thursday, October, 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 11150 Highway 49 North, Gulfport. No appointment is needed.
Local residents will have the opportunity to complete a brief, written questionnaire; pick up educational materials on depression, stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder; and learn how to help a friend or family member who may be at risk. Individuals will also have the option of talking to a health care professional about any personal concerns.
For more information, call (228) 831-1700 or (800) 831-1700.