PRESS RELEASES

McLean Offers Free Depression Screening

September 5, 2000 -- Belmont, MA -- McLean Hospital is offering free depression screenings during Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 2-6.

A special depression screening for senior citizens will be on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm at the Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St., Arlington.

On National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 5, a confidential screening will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at McLean's de Marneffe building, 115 Mill St., Belmont.

The 30-minute session will include:

  A confidential written self-test
  An educational presentation
  A consultation with a McLean health professional to review screening results

Depression strikes more than 17 million Americans each year. Symptoms include prolonged periods of hopelessness, restlessness, irritability, changes in sleep and appetite, loss of energy and thought of death or suicide. The good news is that depression is successfully treated in 80 percent of diagnosed cases.

Now in its ninth year, National Depression Screening Day originated at McLean Hospital and is sponsored nationally by McLean, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Mental Illness Screening Project, Inc., the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

For more information on the free screenings, call 617/855-2323