NASHUA — Harbor Homes will hold a depression awareness event today to recognize National Depression Screening Day.
The annual campaign brings public attention to the critical needs of those living with depression and other mood disorders.
Free screenings will be held at 45 High St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will mark 25 years of large-scale mental health screening efforts by Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
Thousands of community-based organizations, and colleges hold depression awareness events each year. They provide a comfortable and private way for individuals to meet with clinicians in order to assess their mental health status.
Similar to many physical illnesses, early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery from mental disorders.
Symptoms of depression may include:
* Feelings of sadness or emptiness that don’t go away within a few weeks.
* Extreme irritability over minor things.
* Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.
* Difficulty concentrating
* Appetite/weight/sleep changes.
“National Depression Screening Day is a great opportunity to educate the community about common mental health conditions, find local resources, and take a screening,” said Carol Furlong, vice president of operations.
Screening events will be held across the country today.
The screening site, www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org<http://www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org> provides a full listing of participating organizations.
Mood and anxiety disorders are common, costly, and treatable. However, they often go unrecognized.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 4 adults in the United States suffer from a mental disorder.
In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Institute of Medicine endorses screening as an early intervention tool for depression in primary care settings.
Screenings are a quick way to identify those who may need treatment.
Harbor Homes is a non-profit organization, established in 1983, whose mission is to provide and create health and behavioral health care, housing, and supportive services to individuals and their families who are challenged with homelessness and/or mental disorders.
For more information, visit: harborhomes.org.
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