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Memorial Behavioral Health Offers Free Depression Screening

Posted Date: October 7, 2009

October 7, 2009

GULFPORT, Miss. - On Thursday, October 8, Memorial Behavioral Health will join over 1,000 community organizations, colleges and military installations throughout the country to offer free, anonymous mental health screenings in an effort to educate members of the public on the symptoms of depression and point them to local resources where they can get help.

Memorial Behavioral Health will offer a free depression screening for adults on Thursday, October, 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 11150 Highway 49 North, Gulfport. No appointment is needed.

"As is the case with most health related issues, early identification and treatment of mental health problems can lead to a more productive and fulfilling life for everyone. Sometimes the hardest part is to reach out and ask for help. Struggling in these rough economic times compounds the anxiety and depression one may feel. Seeking help that is available, personal and confidential, may be the best thing one can do to start feeling better about themselves," said Michael A. Zieman, Administrator, Memorial Behavioral Health.

Screening can play a key role in the early identification and treatment of depression. As part of the program, local residents will have the opportunity to complete a brief, written questionnaire; pick up educational materials on depression, stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder; and learn how to help a friend or family member who may be at risk. Individuals will also have the option of talking to a health care professional about any personal concerns.

Some facts about depression:

  • Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year.
  • Depression causes people to lose pleasure in daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide.
  • Depression can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group. Depression is never a "normal" part of life, no matter your age, gender, or health situation.
  • More than 80 percent of people with clinical depression can be successfully treated. Many people resist treatment because they believe that depression isn't serious, that they can treat it themselves, or that it is a personal weakness rather than a serious medical illness. With early recognition, intervention, and support, most individuals can lead productive lives.

For more information, call (228) 831-1700 or (800) 831-1700.