Depression and anxiety affect 1 in 4 Americans in any given year—virtually someone in every household. Although these illnesses are common at all ages, from children through senior citizens, they often go unrecognized or untreated, leading to family stress, loss of productivity, and at times even the ultimate tragedy, suicide. However, when diagnosed and treated appropriately, people can and do recover.
To help identify people who are at risk, healthcare centers, community services, and colleges throughout Fairfield County will offer free, confidential screenings for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder on Thursday, October 10th and other dates in October, as part of National Depression Screening Day. Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.HealthyMindsCT.org for details about screening dates and times in Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Westport, and Wilton.
Screening sites will provide confidential, brief screenings as a first step in identifying people in need of services. On-site clinicians can provide referrals to appropriate local services for those in need of further assistance. They will also make available information on depression, anxiety, and related mental illnesses.
In southwestern CT, National Depression Screening Day activities are organized as a public service by the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, with financial sponsorship from Purdue Pharma, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Connecticut Health Foundation, and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. Local municipalities, senior centers, healthcare providers, and colleges provide additional support.