McLean to Offer Free Depression Screenings

September 5, 2001 -- Belmont, MA -- McLean Hospital will offer free depression screenings on Thursday, October 11 for National Depression Screening Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week, which runs from October 8 to 12.

A screening for all adults will be held on Oct. 11 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at McLean’s de Marneffe building, 115 Mill St., Belmont.

A special screenings for senior citizens will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 2:30 pm to 4 pm at the Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St., Arlington.

The confidential screening include a written self-test, an educational presentation and 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 or 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.

National Depression Screening Day is sponsored nationally by McLean Hospital, the American Psychiatric Association, the Screening for Mental Health, Inc., the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

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