2009-02-06 / Milestones

SJEH Celebrates National Depression Screening Day

There really is a melancholy that deepens at wintertime, according to Terry Geist, Associate Director of the Community Mental Health Center at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. The winter blues, as they are often called, may be due to a number of things - less sunlight, food, or genetics. But "seasonal affective disorder" or SAD can truly affect one's emotional state.

If you think you may be suffering from the winter blues or any other form of depression, you may seek professional help, confidentially and at no cost by getting screened on National Depression Screening Day, which will be held on Thursday, February 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) at St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

The screening can help identify the symptoms for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. The screening process consists of filling out a questionnaire and a brief confidential interview with a mental health professional to discuss the results of the screenings. Referrals, if appropriate, will be given and educational literature will be available.

The Community Mental Health Center offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment services to residents of the Rockaway peninsula. The highly qualified and caring team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses provides treatment tailored to the needs of the individual.

Modalities include: individual, family and group therapies; case management; medication therapy; psychological testing; and crisis intervention. The Center also offers services for family members, as well as bereavement and marital counseling. Special group services include treatment of phobias and depression, anxiety management, parenting, anger management and domestic violence.

More information about the screening or to make an appointment, call the Community Mental Health Center at 718-869-8822. All information will be kept in the strictest confidence. Walk-ins are welcome.

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