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Saline Memorial Hospital hosting depression screenings
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Saline Memorial Hospital hosting depression screenings


BENTON, Ark. (October 7, 2014) - In an effort to help build public awareness of behavioral and mental health issues, Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) will be hosting a depression screening event on October 9 in the Health Education Building from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. October 9 is recognized as National Depression Screening Day.

"Our main goals in hosting the screening are to reduce stigma associated with mental illness" said Neeley Phillips, SMH behavioral health program director, "and to connect at-risk individuals with treatment options."

Depression is a treatable mental health disorder that causes persistent sadness and loss of interest. Some of the most common signs and symptoms include: changes in sleep and appetite, poor concentration, loss of energy, loss of interest in usual activities, low self-esteem, hopelessness or guilt and recurring thoughts of death or suicide.

According to the World Health Organization, depression is projected to become the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease by 2020. Depression affects more than 19 million American adults each year. Depression affects men and women of all ages and symptoms are commonly mistaken for a normal part of life. The majority of people suffering from depression do not seek medical help or treatment.

National Depression Screening Day began as an effort to reach individuals across the nation with important mental health education and connect them with support services.

"Clinical depression is a serious illness that should not be mistaken as normal parts of life," said Phillips. "Depression can lead to suicide and can also complicate other medical conditions. If you or someone you know are experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to please seek medical attention."

The screening is confidential and involves a simple questionnaire. SMH staff will be onsite to help answer any questions.

Results from a 2009 independent research study by the University of Connecticut, commissioned by Screening for Mental Health, states that depression screenings are effective in connecting at-risk individuals with treatment. The study showed that 55% of participants, who completed an online depression screening and who agreed to participate in a follow-up survey, sought depression treatment within three months of the screening.

Millions of Americans live with a mental health issue and getting help can start with consulting with a health care provider. SMH offers a variety of Behavioral Health services. The inpatient psychiatric department, located on the 6th floor of SMH, is designed to treat the unique emotional and health-related needs encountered by adults of all ages.

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