Bellin to offer free depression screenings

10/06/2008

GREEN BAY — In observance of National Depression Screening Day, Bellin Health will offer free depression screenings Friday, Oct. 10, at four area locations, including Bellin Psychiatric Center.

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 30-minute depression screenings will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at:
· Bellin Psychiatric Center, 301 E. St. Joseph St., Green Bay
· Bond Community Center, 1201 Park Ave., Oconto
· Bellin Health Family Medical Center-De Pere East, 555 Red Bird Circle, De Pere
· Bellin Health Family Medical Center-De Pere West, 1800 Lawrence Drive, De Pere

Participants will be asked to complete a written screening questionnaire or fill out an online screening form. 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 is an opportunity for us to educate the community about issues surrounding depression and mental health,” said Linda Roethle, president, Bellin Behavioral Health. “We definitely want to help those who may be feeling symptoms of depression and other mood disorders, but we’re also looking to inform the general public 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 an identifiable and treatable illness and should not be easily dismissed.”

For more information on depression, visit the National Depression Screening Day web site at http://www.nmha.org/go/depression-screening-day.

To schedule a free appointment, please call (920) 445-7373 or (888) 758-7373.