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Acadia Hospital Participating in Online Mental Health Screening Program

Posted: 10/02/2013

(BANGOR, ME) – 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®, held on October 10th, 2013, serves as a supportive community initiative to connect the public with online mental health screenings. Through this program, Acadia Hospital is offering free, anonymous mental health screenings at www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/acadia. Online 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 online screening events. 
 
“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 Acadia Hospital Chief Medical Officer Anthony Ng, MD, DFAPA. “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 online 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 an online depression and mood disorder screening sought treatment within three months of taking the screening.
 
About Acadia Hospital
Acadia Hospital, a member of EMHS, is a fully accredited and licensed non-profit psychiatric hospital whose mission it is to empower people to improve their lives.
 
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, including National 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 mood and anxiety disorders as well as alcohol problems. For more information about SMH, visit www.MentalHealthScreening.org

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