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NATIONAL DEPRESSION SCREENING DAY®

On October 8th, more than a thousand sites across the country will offer members of the public the opportunity to take a written or online questionnaire assessing their emotional well-being. Local sites include Westborough, Southborough, and Natick.

Menopause The Musical, at the Hanover Theatre. August 25, 26,27-Enjoy this hilarious celebration of woman and "The Change"

Menopause The Musical, at the Hanover Theatre. August 25, 26,27-Enjoy this hilarious celebration of woman and "The Change"

Some describe the “golden years” as a time to slow down and enjoy life. It is a time to share memories and be with friends and family. However, for many of us, these years can also be a time of loss and health concerns.

While everyone feels sad or unhappy at times, persistent sadness may be a sign of depression. Depression is a serious illness that affects 15 out of every 100 adults over the age 65 in the United States.

Since depression often occurs along with other health conditions, many people misread its symptoms as normal signs of the aging process. Depression, however, is not a normal part of aging. It is an illness that can be successfully treated at any age.

If you have been feeling sad lately, National Depression Screening Day, At this free, public event you can take an anonymous test to see if you might be suffering from depression or a related disorder and learn how to get help.).

At National Depression Screening Day, you can take just a few minutes to complete a questionnaire that gauges your likelihood for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. You can take a simple test to see if your sadness, anxiety, and fatigue could be the result of depression or a related disorder. Each participating location offers a wide range of educational resources on these disorders, geared toward a variety of audiences ~ so you can attend a screening event if you’re concerned for yourself, or if you’re worried about someone close to you. You will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a mental health professional to find out what to do next.

Attend a National Depression Screening Day event on October 8 and take the first step toward feeling like yourself again.

Find out more, including additional local sites being posted starting on September 1, at www.mentalhealthscreening.org.

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