Next week, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will be offering free depression screenings. The screenings will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9 am to 1 pm in the UAMS Medical Center lobby gallery.


The week of Oct. 6 to Oct. 12 has been designated National Mental Illness Awareness Week for 2019. The screenings are part of UAMS’ observance of the week.


Specifically, the screenings are being held on National Depression Screening Day, which is held on the Thursday of the first full week in October. Pioneered in 1990, National Depression Screening Day is designed to reach out to individuals and provide them with mental health education and access to support and resources.


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are an estimated 17.3 million American adults – or 7.1 percent of all American adults – who have experienced at least one major depressive episode.


The free screenings are available to individuals 18 years or older.


No registration is required.


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