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Depression Screening Offered for NIH'ers, Oct. 11

NIH employees who may need help for depression symptoms including sadness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, changes in memory or sleep, or thoughts of death or suicide are invited to attend free, anonymous, walk-in depression screening on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 11. The service is sponsored by the quality of work life committee, with the support of the Employee Assistance Program and NIMH.

Screening will be held at the following sites, where employees can walk in between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Clinical Center) to view a short video, complete the anonymous screening tool, meet confidentially with a mental health professional for results and treatment resources, or just gather information on depression and related disorders:

Clinical Center Occupational Medical Services, Rm. 6C306  
Bldg. 31 Level B2, Rm. B57  
Neuroscience Center 6001 Executive Blvd., Conf. Rm. B  
Executive Plaza North 6130 Executive Blvd., Rm. 103  
Rockledge II 6701 Rockledge Dr., Rm. 9100  
NIDA Baltimore Bayview Facility 5500 Nathan Shock Dr., Scanlon Conf. Rm.  
NCI-Frederick Library/Conf. Center, 545 Sultan Dr., Rm. B  

If you are unable to attend the NIH screening, you may want to visit to access information about privately sponsored sites for yourself or a family member, or you may want to contact the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association (800-826-3632) or the National Mental Health Association (800-969-6642).

Participants who speak Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin should use the Clinical Center site. For special accommodations, contact Sophia Glezos Voit (301-443-4533).

Exit Surveys Piloted at NIH

Why would anyone want to leave NIH? That's what the Office of Human Resource Management and a number of institutes and centers would like to know. In order to be an effective organization, NIH needs to be able to attract and retain the best people to carry out its mission. As part of a recruitment and retention initiative, OHRM, in consultation with IC human resources consultants, has developed an exit survey to be completed by employees leaving NIH.

In addition to being asked why they are leaving, the employees will be asked what they particularly liked or disliked about working at NIH and what improvements could be made here. Feedback obtained through the survey can increase awareness of the current environment and provide a basis to act on needed improvements.

Employees who are leaving NIH will be provided a web site that supplies the online exit survey. Survey responses are anonymous. The following ICs are participating in a 1-year pilot of the survey: NHLBI, NINDS, NCI, NCRR, ORS, OD, NICHD, NIDCD, NHGRI, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIA, NINR, NLM and FIC. Employees leaving these ICs are encouraged to complete the exit survey on work time on their NIH computer, since the survey cannot be accessed from outside NIH. For more information contact Penney Baile at 594-1462.

Truck Crashes Near Bldg. 15K

On Friday, Sept. 7, a truck was making a delivery to Bldg. 15K and was parked on top of the steep hill in front of the building. The driver was inside the back of the truck when the brakes failed and the truck started moving rapidly down the hill. The driver jumped from the back of the truck onto the roadway, where he sustained minor injuries and was transported to Suburban Hospital by the NIH Fire Department ambulance. On its way down the hill, the truck sideswiped a pickup truck parked along the road in front of Bldg. 15K, causing minor damage, and uprooted a tree in a traffic island before coming to a stop. "Given the steepness of the hill, it was very fortunate that, other than the truck itself, only minor damage was incurred and no one other than the driver was injured," said Richard Shaff of ORS' Emergency Management Branch.

Speaker on Diversity To Address FEW

The Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) will host a talk on diversity at its next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. Helen McNeal from the firm Naria will address the need for employees from diverse backgrounds to come together in the wake of the recent terrorist tragedies. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, contact Claire McCullough at (301-435-8601).

Garden Club Meets, Oct. 4

The NIH Garden Club will host Gene Sumi on Thursday, Oct. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Rm. 9A51; he will talk about fall bulbs. A horticulture technical advisor at Behnke's Beltsville location, he has some unusual suggestions for planting to achieve long-term bloom. He will also bring door prizes. To keep in touch with club activities, join its email list at: or visit

NIH Photo Competition, Oct. 16

The annual photo competition open to all NIH employees and their families will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16 . The NIH R&W Camera Club has sponsored the competition for many years. It provides an opportunity for the NIH community to compete against and meet Camera Club members and for the club to view the excellent work done by non-members.

The competition is open, and there is no restriction on the subject matter of the images entered. Complete entry instructions, as well as the venue for the contest, may be found on the Camera Club web page at For more information contact Margaret Sprott at (301) 299-6805.

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