Wake Forest organizations offer free depression screenings

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) – Several Wake Forest organizations are teaming up to offer a series of depression screenings during the week of Oct. 3.

The Town of Wake Forest along with the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, The Wake Forest Weekly, and Perkins Counseling & Psychological Services are sponsoring the screenings to coincide with National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 6.

NDS is intended to bring public attention to the needs of those living with depression and other mood disorders.

The free screenings will be conducted by certified mental health professionals and are open to the public.

Sessions will be offered from noon to 6 p.m. each day from Oct. 3-8 at the following locations:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 – Crossroads Fellowship, 13029 Keith Store Road
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Carillon Assisted Living of Wake Forest, 3218 Heritage Trade Dr.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Road
  • Thursday, Oct. 6 – Villas of Wake Forest Club House, 989 Blue Bird Lane
  • Friday, Oct. 7 – Wake Forest Baptist Church, 118 E. South Ave.
  • Saturday, Oct. 8 – Northeast Regional Library, 14401 Green Elm Lane, Raleigh

Each screening will take approximately 10 minutes. No appointment is required, and walk-ins are welcome.

Similar to many physical illnesses, early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery from mental illness. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of sadness or emptiness that don’t go away within a few weeks
  • Extreme irritability over minor things
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Appetite/weight changes

Anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms is encouraged to undergo a free depression screening.

Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters at each location. Mental health professionals are also needed to conduct the screenings. For more information or to volunteer, contact Rich Perkins at richperkins66@gmail.com.

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