Alta Bates Summit Joins Mental Health Screening Day

Posted on Oct 1, 2013

woman holding her head as if depressed

In-person and online screenings offered Thursday, October 10

One out of 10 people in the U.S. suffers from depression and never seeks treatment. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is here to help you or someone you know.

Screening for depression and other mood disorders is important because it 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 Thursday, October 10, serves as a supportive community initiative to connect the public with in-person and online mental health screenings. Through this program, Alta Bates Summit is offering free, anonymous screenings online and at two locations.

Depression screening in the East Bay

Free in-person screening will be available at the Alta Bates Campus, 2450 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, and the Summit Campus, 350 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Online screening will be at http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/altabates.

These free in-person and online mental health screenings are a non-threatening way for people to monitor their health and learn about local treatment options.

“Americans are suffering under the strain of economic difficulties and personal stress,” says Nancy Maguire, Ph.D., supervising psychologist, at Alta Bates Summit, “And, it’s almost impossible to listen to the evening news or open a newspaper or bank statement these days without being reminded of employment worries and economic, violence and world turmoil.”

“Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about half of American adults will suffer from deep depression or develop a mental illness in their lifetime,” says Dr. Maguire. “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.”

Research supports the use of mental health screenings as a way to help individuals identify symptoms that may be consistent with some form of mental health disorder, and to seek treatment if needed.

Thousands or organizations nationwide are offering National Depression Screening Day events including hospitals, colleges and military installations. After completing a screening, participants receive referral information to local agencies that offer further evaluation and treatment.

These programs are designed to educate, reduce stigma and screen people for alcohol problems and mood and anxiety disorders.

Find screenings

Access online screenings at:

Come to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for screenings at:

  • Alta Bates Campus, 2450 Ashby Ave. Berkeley; Summit Campus, 350 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland

Call for screening information:

  • 510-204-4405

 

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