October 10, 2012 is World Mental Health Day, raising public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis.”

Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages, in all communities, and is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease. Although there are known effective treatments for depression, access to treatment is a problem in most countries and in some countries fewer than 10% of those who need it receive such treatment.

Untreated depression is one of the crucial factors that can lead to suicide. October 11, 2012 is National Depression Screening Day. In Cedar Rapids, Horizons is offering free screening for the public with no appointment needed.

Thursday, October 11, 2012, Horizons, A Family Service Alliance will offer free depression screenings to the public. The confidential screenings will be available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by mental health professionals at Horizons located at 819 5th Street SE, Cedar Rapids. Simply walk-in with no appointment needed and receive a screening at no cost to you.

Please take advantage of this opportunity if you believe you may be suffering from depression with symptoms including prolonged periods of hopelessness, restlessness, irritability, changes in sleep or appetite, loss of energy and thoughts of death or suicide.

You can also call Foundation 2- our 24 hour crisis line is available at 319-362-2174 or 1-800-332-4224.  Our staff would be happy to talk about depression including how and where to get help.


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