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National Depression Screening Day October 9, 2003

McLean to offer free depression screenings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 30, 2003

CONTACT:
Adriana Bobinchock, Erin Brennen
617/855-2110

Belmont, MA - McLean Hospital will offer free depression screenings on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 9. The confidential screenings will be held from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at McLean's de Marneffe building, 115 Mill St., Belmont.

Each screening includes a written self-test, an educational presentation and a one-on-one interview 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 thoughts 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. To locate the screening site closest to you, call 1/800-520-6373.

McLean Hospital is the largest psychiatric teaching facility of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare.

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