2004-09-24 / Community

SJEH Offers Free Depression Screening

For National Depression Screening Day, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, South Shore, is offering free screening on Thursday, October 7, 2004, from 10 am until 5 pm, at the Community Mental Health Clinic (CMHC). CMHC is located at 521 Beach 20th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691. Those who cannot attend the screening on October 7 may also schedule a screening for an alternate date and time. The CMHC may be reached at 718-869-8822. All information will be kept in the strictest confidence.

The screening can help identify the symptoms for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. It will include a written screening form, a variety of educational resources, a brief confidential interview with a mental health professional to discuss the results of the screenings, and referrals, if appropriate.

The community-based mental health screening has been offered across the country as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The goals are to call attention to the prevalence of mental health disorders in society; educate people about the signs and symptoms, as well as the availability of effective treatments; and to connect those in need to mental health care services.

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