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Depression Screening Offered for NIH'ers

Depression screening for NIH staff will be held this year on Thursday, Oct. 10, which is National Depression Screening Day. If you have questions or concerns about symptoms of major depression (including sadness, reduced motivation, sleep disturbances, thoughts of death), or questions about bipolar disorder (including extreme happiness, irritability, talkativeness and increased sociability, insomnia), then you may want to attend one of the sites below anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to find out whether you could benefit from further diagnosis and treatment.

Clinical Center, Rm. 6C-306
Bldg. 31, Rm. B2B-57
Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Blvd., Conf. Rm. D
Executive Plaza North, Rm. 103
Rockledge One, Rm. 5038
NCI-Frederick, Bldg. 549, Conf. Rm A

In Baltimore, the hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NIDA Bayview Facility, Scanlon Conf. Rm.

At all sites, staff will have the chance to view a short video; complete an anonymous screening tool; meet privately, anonymously and confidentially with a mental health professional for results and treatment resources; or just gather information.

Participants who would benefit from communicating with a mental health professional in Cantonese or Mandarin may want to attend the Bldg. 31 site and meet with Eva Chen, a consultant with the Employee Assistance Program. To arrange for other language interpretation (e.g., Arabic, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Korean, Spanish, etc.), employees should call Andrea Rander with the Language Interpretation Program at least 48 hours in advance (496-1807). To request reasonable accommodation, contact sglezos@nih.gov or call 443-4533.

The EAP is scheduling anonymous screenings through Oct. 25 for staff members who are unable to attend but would still like to be screened (496-3164). Alternatively, people who would prefer to visit a privately sponsored site on Oct. 10 may want to call (800) 520-NDSD (or 6373) for the locator service provided by Screening for Mental Health, Inc., a nonprofit organization that sponsors National Depression Screening Day.

The NIH event is sponsored by NIMH and the NIH Work and Family Life Center, with support from the EAP. For more information about depressive disorders, visit http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depressionmenu.cfm.


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