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Vol. LVII, No. 9
May 6, 2005

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Mental Health Month Observed in May

During May, which is Mental Health Month, the Work/Life Center and NIMH, with support from the Employee Assistance Program, are sponsoring two events for NIH staff interested in learning more about anxiety and its disorders.

The first event, to be held Thursday, May 19, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., is a research-based lecture by NIMH's Dr. Daniel Pine, chief of the section on development and affective neuroscience, Mood & Anxiety Disorders Program. He will discuss what is known about anxiety disorders. The lecture, which will be in Bldg. 10's Lipsett Amphitheater, will also be broadcast at

On Tuesday, May 24, employees are invited to attend a walk-in, anonymous and confidential anxiety-disorders screening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at three NIH sites:

Bldg. 10, Rm. 6C401 (OMS)
Bldg. 31, B2-B57 (EAP)
Neuroscience Center, Rm. B (6001 Executive Blvd.)

Participants will be able to view a brief video about anxiety disorders, complete a questionnaire about symptoms, meet privately with a mental health professional and/or pick up information — all of which generally takes less than an hour.

Employees whose native language is not English and who will attend the Bldg. 10 or 31 sites may request an interpreter for the screening by contacting Andrea Rander (301-496-1807) by May 17.

Sign language interpretation will be provided at the lecture. For other reasonable accommodation for either event, contact the NIH Work/Life Center at (301) 435-1619 (TTY 301-480-0690), or send an email to

For more information about either event, contact Sophia Glezos Voit, NIMH (301-443-4533,

Family members who would like to be screened may call (888) 442-2022 to find out about privately sponsored sites. This referral line is coordinated by Freedom From Fear, the mental health organization that sponsors National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day each year. However, NIH does not necessarily endorse this organization or any referrals they may provide.