Provena Mercy announces free depression awareness program

By on October 19, 2009

AURORA—Provena Mercy Medical Center will hold a free program, “Changing the Community Conversation about Depression,” on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.

This program is free to the community and is designed to decrease the stigma around depression and increase one’s ability to support those touched by this illness. The program will take place on the Provena Mercy campus in the Dunleavy/Walsh Room of the Behavioral Health Services Building.

Registration is required. To register, call 1-866-776-8362.

October is National Depression Awareness Month. For nearly 100 years, Provena Mercy Medical Center has been the Fox Valley’s leading provider of Behavioral Health Services.

Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Visit to learn symptoms and warning signs of depression or find a support group.