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NYC Health + Hospitals to Offer Free Screenings and Referrals as Part of National Depression Screening Day on October 11

14 Participating Locations across NYC

Oct 09, 2018

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals will provide free, confidential depression screenings and treatment referrals to mental health providers at 14 patient care locations throughout New York City, as part of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, October 11. Screenings are conducted by mental health professionals in individual, private consultations and are designed to identify symptoms of depression and mood disorders. Patients requiring follow-up will be referred for personalized tailored treatment within each location.

“As the largest public health system in the country, we hold tackling mental illness as one of our highest priorities,” said Dr. Machelle Allen, chief medical officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. “Timely access to mental health care services is important to the well-being of our patients, which is why we seek different ways to engage them, including by integrating screening and treatment for depression into primary care, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and obstetrics.”

“Depression, like any physical illness, benefits from early detection,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray. “National Depression Screening Day is an opportunity for all New Yorkers, regardless of status, to take advantage of free screenings at NYC Health + Hospitals. Together, we can save and transform lives.”

“Health + Hospitals’ universal depression screening policy in primary care is a model of best practice,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. “Free screenings and referrals are an important part of de-stigmatizing mental health treatment and ensuring access to care.”

NYC Health + Hospitals’ team of experts focus on prevention, providing mental health care with the same urgency as any other health condition, with the goal of working toward recovery and a better quality of life for all patients. The health system has integrated universal depression screening for adults in primary care to reach even more New Yorkers who may need support.

Specialized services, including help for depression, for youth ages 12-21 are also available at YouthHealth neighborhood centers in all five boroughs.

Depression is a common, serious medical condition, characterized by pervasive low mood, loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities, and significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of every day functioning. Additional symptoms include difficulty concentrating, low energy, sleep disturbances, fluctuations in weight, feelings of worthlessness, and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. Early detection and treatment can have an impact on reducing suffering and improving quality of life.

Depression screenings will be offered on Thursday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:


NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
462 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 562-4141

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
506 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10037

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
1901 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10029
(212) 423-6262

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur
227 Madison Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 238-7000


NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
234 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 579-5000

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
3424 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467
(718) 519-5000

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania
1225 Gerard Avenue
Bronx, New York 10452
(718) 960-2777

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
1400 Pelham Pkwy. South
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 918-5000


NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
2601 Ocean Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 616-3000

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
451 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 245-3131

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York
2094 Pitkin Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11207
(718) 240-0400

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland
100 North Portland Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 260-7500


NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(718) 334-4000

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
82-68 164th Street
Queens, NY 11432
(718) 883-3000