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. 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 (NDSD) will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014. NDSD serves as a supportive community initiative to connect the public with mental health screenings. Through this program, Branches Counseling Center will be offering the 5th Annual Free Mental Health Screening at Reeves-Sain Drug Store, 1801 Memorial Blvd. , Murfreesboro , TN from 9 a.m. - Noon. 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. If you feel you are in need of immediate help, contact Branches Counseling Center or your nearest health care provider for assistance.
"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 Tracey Robison , Clinical Director for Branches Counseling Center , Murfreesboro . "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. In a recent independent study commissioned by the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health, 55 percent of study participants who completed a depression and mood disorder screening sought treatment within three months of taking the screening.
About Screening for Mental Health
For more than two decades, Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) has partnered with organizations to provide mental health education and screening programs, includingNational Depression Screening Day, National Alcohol Screening Day, and the National Eating Disorders Screening Program®. These programs are designed to educate, reduce stigma and screen people for alcohol problems and mood and anxiety disorders. Individuals can locate a mental health screening site or take an online screening by visiting www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org. For more information about SMH, visit www.MentalHealthScreening.org.
About Branches Counseling Center, founded in 2007, with offices in Murfreesboro, Lebanon, and Springfield, TN and St. Augustine, FL, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, faith based counseling center offering healing and hope for those struggling with family or emotional issues both adult and children, anxiety, depression or addiction regardless of ability to pay. The dedicated and well-trained staff of both state licensed and pastoral counselors work with couples, individuals, children, and teens to bring the very best of traditional counseling and Biblical principles to personal, family, and relational issues to help bring meaning and wholeness to everyone the center serves. Branches accepts most major insurance plans. For more information about services or to make a donation contact Branches Counseling Center, 1450 Battleground Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37129; phone 615-904-7170; or email from the "contact us' page at www.branchescounselingcenter.com. Branches Counseling Center was founded by Mike Courtney , Ph.D. and his wife Doris Courtney.