Screening program can help to identify depression

By Press Reports

 

Depression affects all walks of life. From young adults to the elderly and across all races, nearly one in 10 people in the U.S. suffer from depression and the Mississippi statistic is even higher. Screening for depression and other mood disorders allows individuals to identify warning signs early and connect with the appropriate treatment resources. Early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery.

National Depression Screening Day, held on October 10 serves as a supportive community initiative to connect the public with mental health screenings. Through this program, Community Counseling Services is offering free mental health screenings at each of our county offices from 9 am until 4 pm Thursday, October 10th. Mental health screenings are a free and easy way for people to monitor their mental health and learn about local treatment options. This year, more than 1,000 organizations including community centers, hospitals and colleges across the country are hosting National Depression Screening Day events.

“Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about half of American adults will develop a mental illness at some point in their lifetime,” says Jackie Edwards, Executive Director at Community Counseling.

“It’s important to learn the signs and symptoms of depression, such as changes in appetite, loss of energy or loss of interest in your usual activities, as well as the necessary steps you can take to improve your health.”

Although the screenings are not diagnostic, they do provide valuable insight helping to identify if someone is exhibiting symptoms associated with depression and other mood disorders and if they should seek help. Community Counseling Services is offering FREE screenings at all county offices on Thursday, October 10th from 9 am until 4 pm. You do not have to have an appointment or be a CCS client to participate. The screening will take about 30 minutes.

If you are interested in a totally anonymous and free screening, the online version might work best. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Visit MentalHealthScreening.org/screening/CCS.

Community Counseling Services is a comprehensive community mental health center providing quality mental health through diversified services. For more information about this or any other Community Counseling Services program or event call 662-524-4347 or visit www.CCSMS.org.