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New Yorkers Urged to Get Free Depression Screening and Counseling at HHC Hospitals and Health Centers

October 7 is National Depression Screening Day

Oct 06, 2010

New York, NY

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) will offer free depression screening and counseling at 15 locations across the city on Thursday in recognition of National Depression Screening Day.
The confidential screenings will be conducted by mental health professionals who will provide individual consultations, help identify symptoms of depression and make referrals to appropriate levels of treatment.
“HHC’s goal is to make depression screening part of routine medical care for all patients,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “As with other illnesses, early detection of mental health disorders significantly improves the chances that an individual will receive appropriate treatment and have a better quality of life. It is our hope that people will take advantage of this opportunity to receive screening and learn more about symptoms and treatment options.”
National Depression Screening Day is the nation’s oldest voluntary, community-based screening program that provides free screening and referral information for treatment of depression. More than half a million people each year have been screened for depression since 1991.
The outreach effort is intended to educate the public on the symptoms of mood disorders and appropriate courses of action to take in order to obtain treatment. HHC hospitals and community-based mental health clinics will serve as screening sites for depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.

Jacobi Medical Center
1400 Pelham Pkwy. South
Bronx, NY 10461

Bellevue Hospital Center
462 First Avenue (@ East 28th St)
New York, NY 10016

Lincoln Medical Center
234 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY

Gouverneur Healthcare Services
227 Madison Street
New York, NY 10002

North Central Bronx Hospital
3424 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467

Harlem Hospital Center
Martin Luther King Jr. Bldg.
530 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10037

Coney Island Hospital
2601 Ocean Pkwy.
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Metropolitan Hospital Center
1901 First Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Cumberland Diagnostic
& Treatment Center
100 North Portland Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205

NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
125 Worth St. (corner of Lafayette St.)
New York, NY 10013

East New York Diagnostic
& Treatment Center
2094 Pitkin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207

Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373

Kings County Hospital
451 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Queens, NY 11432

Woodhull Medical & Mental Health Center
760 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Depression is a common yet 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 functioning. Other symptoms can include difficulty concentrating, loss of energy, trouble sleeping, changes in weight, feelings of worthlessness and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, each year, depression affects more than 400,000 (8 percent) of adult New Yorkers, but only one-third of these individuals receives treatment. Early detection and treatment can reduce suffering and improve quality of life. Depression can worsen the course and complicate the treatment of other health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. In its most serious and tragic form, depression can lead to suicide.

Contact : Ian Michaels (HHC) (212) 788-3339

About HHC

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system with its own 420,000 member health plan, MetroPlusHealth, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.4 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. For more information, visit www.nychhc.org/hhc or find us on facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or twitter.com/NYCHealthSystem.