News Release

September 20, 2007

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

National Depression Screening Day

Free Mental Health Screenings Offered on October 11

FARMINGTON, CONN. – If you’ve been suffering emotional changes and don’t feel like yourself, you can take advantage of a special public service. The University of Connecticut Health Center, Department of Psychiatry, is holding free, anonymous mental health screenings on National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 11.

“All people feel sad or unhappy at times during their lives, but persistent sadness may be a sign of depression,” says Health Center psychiatrist Andrew Winokur, M.D., Ph.D. “Depression is an illness that often goes untreated even though help is available. It affects nearly 20 million Americans and can be manifested in obvious sadness, but often is expressed instead as a loss of pleasure or withdrawal from activities that were once enjoyable.”

Other symptoms of depression:

  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Decreased energy, a feeling of fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

The free screenings will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Department of Psychiatry in Farmington at 10 Talcott Notch Road, East Lobby, 3rd Floor. Participants will view a video on anxiety and depressive disorders, complete an anonymous screening questionnaire, obtain educational materials on a variety of psychiatric disorders and have a confidential meeting with a health care professional. To register for an appointment call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 or send an email to

For other screening sites or more information, call 1-800-520-NDSD (6373) or visit

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