Free mental health screenings offered to residents
Published 8:08 pm Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Southwest Alabama Mental Health is reaching out to residents who may be experiencing symptoms of depression, manic-depression, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
For most people, figuring out the line between "I've been moody lately" or "I get tired easily," with "I have depression" is difficult.
National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) has been helping people make that distinction for the last 15 years.
This year, NDSD has become "NDSD Mental health Screening" to better reflect the event's focus on multiple disorders.
Southwest Alabama Mental Health is participating by offering free mental health screenings on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at D.W. McMillan Hospital.
Attendees at the free screenings will have the opportunity to hear an educational presentation on disorders, complete a written screening test and talk one-on-one with a mental health professional.
Those who appear to need further evaluation will be given referrals to local treatment services.