PRESS RELEASES

McLean to offer free depression screenings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 07, 2004

CONTACT:
Adriana Bobinchock
617/855-2110

Belmont, MA - McLean Hospital will offer free depression screenings on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 7. The confidential screenings will be held that day from 5 pm to 7 pm at McLean's de Marneffe building, 115 Mill St., Belmont. A special screening for seniors will be held on from 1:30 pm to 3 pm at the Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St., Arlington.

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, go to www.mentalhealthscreening.org.

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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