For Immediate Release: September 21, 2012
AtlantiCare Behavioral Health (ABH) will offer free, anonymous mental health screenings on National Depression Screening Day®, Thursday, October 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter, 2500 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
“Depression is treatable,” said Lisa Celebre, team leader, Medical Stabilization Program, ABH. “Like other mental health issues, people often ignore symptoms or don’t seek treatment because they are embarrassed. AtlantiCare Behavioral Health is participating in National Depression Screening Day® to promote a greater understanding of the impact of depression, and awareness of the help available for those suffering from it and for their loved ones.”
“If you or a loved one experiences one or more symptoms of depression, we encourage you to participate in the screening,” said Celebre.
Depression symptoms include, but are not limited to:
• persistent sadness or anxiety
• decreased energy
• increased irritability or frustration
• difficulty concentrating
• trouble remembering things
• sleeping too much or too little
• thoughts of death, dying or suicide
• loss of interest in normal activities or hobbies
• loss of interest in sex
• crying for no apparent reason
• feelings of guilt or worthlessness
• excessive blaming oneself
• weight gain or weight loss
• physical aches and pains
National Depression Screening Day® (NDSD) the first and largest nationwide community-based mental health screening program, provides in-person and online screening for four of the most common and frequently co-occurring mental disorders: depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
AtlantiCare Behavioral Health (ABH) is southeastern New Jersey’s largest provider of mental health treatment, substance use/addiction recovery services and family care programs. With 26 locations throughout the region, ABH offers a broad range of services to help individuals and their families with serious mental illnesses, anxieties relating to school or job stress and other issues. ABH also provides employee assistance programs for area employers, which include employee counseling services, behavioral health wellness programs. ABH manages the 34-bed psychiatric inpatient program located at the Mainland Campus of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, and a psychiatric crisis intervention program at ARMC’s Atlantic City Campus. For more information, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000; visit www.atlanticare.org; or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.
For additional information about ABH’s National Depression Screening Day® participation or other AtlantiCare programs or services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.
AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It does so by focusing on customer needs and expectations to provide accessible, comprehensive services of superior quality and value. AtlantiCare is comprised of AtlantiCare Regional Health Services including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, ambulatory services and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization.
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