Depression Screening

Depression Screening - October 5, 2017

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Life continues to present us with difficult reminders of the prevalence of mental illness in this country. We may believe that we know what depression looks like, only to discover that it is closer to us than we recognize. Pain and suffering are not always evident to the eye.

Understanding the need for a community-based mental health screening program, Westborough Youth and Family Services, together with Assabet Valley Pastoral Counseling, will once again offer a free and anonymous screening opportunity on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, October 5th from 10am—7pm at Central One Federal Credit Union, 40 South Street, Second Floor.  The purpose of this annual program is to provide education, raise awareness, and screen for four common and treatable mental health disorders. The screening will provide information related to major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. All printed materials are free of charge, and we welcome the public to come and learn more about mental health disorders and how to treat them.

The screening appointment will provide an opportunity to complete a written screening questionnaire, discuss the results with a mental health counselor, receive a list of service providers in the area, browse through pamphlets and brochures, and access information about helping friends and loved ones who may be experiencing a mental health challenge. Screenings are provided for informational purposes, and are not diagnostic. They can provide clarity about whether the symptoms one is experiencing are consistent with these common mental health disorders. Please allow about 30 minutes for your screening appointment.    

So that we may provide you with adequate time for your screening, kindly phone or email us in advance to reserve a time slot: 508.366.3090 or email.

It this is not possible, walk-ins are welcomed as well. Screenings for children require a parent to be present. Parents are also an important part of screenings for adolescents, and we welcome them to accompany their teens, if at all possible. Should anyone wish to browse the free materials or schedule a screening for another day, this can be arranged.

Mental Health Screenings Available at Anytime

If you are unable to make the screenings for Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on October 5, 2017, don't worry. We offer these screenings all year long. Just call the office (508-366-3090) or email us to arrange a confidential screening with one of our Counselors. These screenings are free, and will result in a recommendation about whether there is a concern that requires a more in-depth evaluation or not. We can provide referrals for further evaluation. We also have a wide range of literature on a variety of mental health topics available in the office for free.

Ways to Recognize Mental Health Concerns in Your Child

Counselors at WYFS know firsthand that children and adolescents do worry about family finances or other adult concerns when they notice that their parents are stressed. They often carry this worry internally, and choose not to discuss their concerns at home.

Anxiety, stress and depression in children and teens can manifest in many ways including:

  • A decreased ability to concentrate
  • A drop in school grades
  • Uncharacteristic or excessive irritability
  • Stomachaches or headaches; moodiness
  • Interpersonal problems with peers
  • Difficulty handling daily stressors
  • Frequent sadness or hopelessness
  • Low energy or boredom
  • Low self-esteem
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Substance use or other unsafe behaviors

Taking On Depression

This is a series dealing with depression in which we explore a variety of lifestyle changes that can help combat the effects of depression; these changes include exercise, exposure to sunlight, better diet and sleep, and social connections. These articles are taken from our Newsletter in 2015.

  • Part One focuses on the benefit of exercise. Read it HERE.
  • Part Two focuses on the benefit of outdoor light. Read it HERE.
  • Part Three focuses on the benefit of spending time outdoors enjoying nature. Read it HERE.
  • Part Four focuses on how to climb out of the rumination rut. Read it HERE.