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Thursday is National Depression Screening Day

October 7, 2009 | 11:42 am

Depression People who wish to be screened for depression can do so Thursday, Oct. 8, at one of 1,000 sites nationwide or by completing an online questionnaire. The annual screening day is sponsored by major mental health organizations, including the National Institute of Mental Health.

The screening is free and anonymous. Participants can also discuss the results of the screening with a mental health professional, receive information on depression and find out where they can receive additional help. The screening is not meant to diagnose depression but to steer people to qualified professionals who can provide a full assessment.

This year's event also includes specific information for college students and military personnel. Military installations will hold several events to provide screening and information on mental health issues of greatest concern to military personnel and their families, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

To locate a screening site or take the online screening, visit the National Mental Health Screening Day website.

-- Shari Roan

Photo credit: Kirk McCoy / Los Angeles Times