Suicide Prevention Services celebrates National Depression Screening Day

By on October 4, 2010

Batavia—Suicide Prevention Services will offer free depression screenings on Thursday Oct. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for anyone age 6 or older. SPS is located at 528 S. Batavia Ave.

For more information, call (630) 482-9699 or visit www.spsfv.org.

Untreated depression is a major contributor to suicide. A screening is often the first step toward recovery. One in six adults have a mental illness, yet less than half seek treatment.

Mental Illness Awareness Week is held annually in October. National Depression Screening Day raises awareness and screens people for depression as well as related mood and anxiety disorders. A validated screening questionnaire and referral information for treatment are provided. Over half a million people are screened each year.

Suicide Prevention Services provides training, outreach, education and prevention programs. The agency normally has free or low-cost confidential screenings by appointment.

SPS also offers counseling services & 24 hour telephone assistance:

Depression Hotline—(630) 482-9696
National Lifeline—1-800-273-8255