Free Help Available for Sufferers of Depression
Do you ever feel like life might not be worth it? Are you often too sad, anxious or moody to carry out your daily responsibilities? If moods are negatively affecting your life or you are witnessing them in someone you love, and you don't know what to do, then National Depression Screening Day can help.
The Mental Health Center of Madison County will hold free screenings at its Community Room on Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. as part of a national outreach program. The Mental Health Center of Madison County is located at 4040 Memorial Parkway South. At National Depression Screening Day, you can take just a few minutes to complete a free, anonymous questionnaire that gauges your likelihood for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The screening event will offer a wide range of educational resources on these disorders, geared toward a variety of audiences - so you can attend a screening event if you're concerned for yourself, or if you're worried about someone close to you. You will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a mental health professional to find out what to do next.
National Depression Screening Day, held in October as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health, Inc. Screenings will be held across the country at approximately 7,000 screening sites, including hospitals, mental health clinics, colleges and primary care offices.
Mental Illness Awareness Week: Candle Light Vigil
The Mental Health Center of Madison County and NAMI Huntsville are sponsoring a Candle Light Vigil on Monday, October 8 as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The community is invited to come to the Mental Health Center's campus at 5:30 p.m. for the vigil. Former Executive Director of NAMI Huntsville, Rosemary McMahan, will speak on "Building Community, Taking Action". McMahan is a Minister at Big Cove Presbyterian Church. Mental illness shows no prejudice, directly touching one in every five Americans from children to older adults impacting their families and friends.
Have you been feeling consistently sad? If so, you may be suffering from depression. The Mental Health Center is offering free depression screenings at their campus on October 9th and 10th from 11 to 1. For more information, call 533-1970.