Kane County Council Advises Free Mental Health Screenings
Mental illness can be just as painful and life changing as any physical wound or disease. Yet the stigma associated with mental illness often prevents many from seeking help and getting treated.
That is why the Kane County Mental Health Council is encouraging participating in National Depression Screening Day Thursday, Oct. 7.
Screenings are free and confidential, and no appointment is needed. The screening is an opportunity to learn more about anxiety and mood disorders, to complete a brief screening questionnaire and speak one-on-one with a mental health professional. If appropriate, you may be referred for a complete evaluation.
The screenings will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Gail Borden Public Library's community room, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Provena Mercy Medical Center, lower atrium area, 1325 N. Highland Ave., Aurora.; and 8:30 to 4:30 at Suicide Prevention Services Inc., 528 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia.
Special presentations at Gail Borden Public Library include
* Noon: "Depression -- What It Is and What To Do About It," presented first in English and then in Spanish at 12:30 or 12:45 p.m.
* 2 to 4 p.m. Free seated chair massages provided by massage therapists from Provena St. Joseph Hospital.
* 5 to 6:30 p.m. "Laughter Yoga as a Tool to Deal With Depression." Come to a talk featuring Laughter Yoga teacher Lynda Tourloukis about using this self-care tool to deal with depression, as well as caring for your general sense of well-being. She also will lead the group in a session.
Special presentations at Provena Mercy Medical Center include:
* 10:30 to 11 a.m.: Marissa Happ, a licensed social worker, will speaking on "Suicide Assessment and Treatment in Children and Adolescents."
* 1:30 to 2 p.m.: Kathy Cordes, a licensed social worker, will speak on "Depression in the Elderly."
* 2:30 to 3 p.m.: Carol Doyle, a licensed social worker, will speak on "SADS -- Winter Blues. …