Mental Health Professionals Offer Free Depression Screenings

According to HHSA, 1 in 4 adults in San Diego County suffers from a mental disorder or difficulty

By Jonathan Sanchez
|  Monday, Oct 3, 2011  |  Updated 9:43 AM PDT
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 Free Depression Screenings Offered

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The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is sponsoring a weeklong series of no-cost depression screenings.

From October 3-8, trained mental health volunteers will be available to administer depression screening tools to adults 18 years and older. Twenty-four sites across the county will be participating in the event in partnership with the Community Health Improvement Partners.

The screenings will consist of education on depression, completion of a written screening test and discussion of results with a mental health professional. Experienced mental health clinicians will be available to meet with those in need of referrals for additional help.

According to HHSA, 1 in 4 adults in San Diego County suffers from a mental disorder or difficulty. HHSA believes depression screenings should become a routine part of healthcare, similar to routine checkups for heart disease or diabetes.

For a complete listing of sites participating in the depression screening event, call (800) 479-3339.

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