Bellin Health to offer free depression screenings


GREEN BAY — In observance of National Depression Screening Day, Bellin Health will offer free depression screenings Thursday, Oct. 11, at Bellin Health Psychiatric Center in Green Bay and at Bellin Health Family Medical Center East De Pere.

National Depression Screening Day, held each October in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week, draws attention to mood and anxiety disorders on a national level. The event helps educate the public about depression symptoms and treatments, offers individuals the opportunity to be screened for depression, and connects those in need of treatment to the mental health care system.

Bellin’s free and confidential depression screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at two locations: Bellin Health Psychiatric Center, 301 E. St. Joseph St., Green Bay, and Bellin Health Family Medical Center, 555 Red Bird Circle, De Pere. Participants will be asked to complete a written screening questionnaire. A therapist will score the completed document, review the screening findings with the participant, and if necessary, direct those in need of treatment to the appropriate services.

“This event is a great opportunity for us to actively engage and educate our community members as to issues surrounding depression and mental health in general,” said Linda Roethle, president, Bellin Behavioral Health. “We, of course, want to help those who currently may be feeling symptoms of depression and other mood disorders but we’re also looking to inform the public in general about these very real mental health conditions.”

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — have some form of a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. That translates to about 57.7 million people when applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate.

“Depression is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed,” Roethle said. “It’s a treatable illness and shouldn’t be easily dismissed.”

For more information, please call (920) 455-7272. Registration is required.