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Lindner Center for HOPE Named A Sponsor of National Depression Screening Day, October 6

 (Mason, OH– September 21, 2016) Lindner Center of HOPE is proud to announce that it will be a sponsor of Screening for Mental Health’s National Depression Screening Day® (NDSD), which raises awareness and screens people for depression and mood disorders and allows individuals to connect with the appropriate treatment resources.

National Depression Screening Day, held on October 6th serves as a supportive community initiative to connect the public with mental health screenings and focuses on viewing and treating mental health with the same gravity as physical health. This year’s campaign focuses on suicide prevention due to the recent rise in suicide rates. According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), the suicide rate in the United States increased 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, making it the highest it has been in decades. Screening for Mental Health is introducing a public resource, stopasuicide.org, that not only educates the public on the warning signs of suicide, but also provides action steps needed to help individuals get themselves or someone they care about the help they need.

“One of the largest barriers to treatment is mental health stigma,” Paul E. Keck, Jr, MD, President and CEO, Lindner Center of HOPE. “We are delighted to be a sponsor of National Depression Screening Day to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention and connect those suffering with the treatment they need.”

Although the screenings are not diagnostic, they will determine if someone is exhibiting symptoms associated with depression and other mood disorders and if they should seek help. In a recent independent study commissioned by the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health, 55 percent of study participants who completed a depression and mood disorder screening sought treatment within three months.

The link to the screening is http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/lindner-center-of-hope

 About Screening for Mental Health, Inc.

Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH), the pioneer of large-scale mental health screening for the public, provides innovative mental health and substance use resources, linking those in need with quality treatment options. SMH programs, offered online and in-person, educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol use disorders, and suicide. For more information about Screening for Mental Health, visit www.MentalHealthScreening.org.

 Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason is a comprehensive mental health center providing excellent, patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic and short-term residential services for adults and adolescents, outpatient services for substance abuse through HOPE Center North location and co-occurring disorders for adults and research. The Center is enhanced by its partnership with UC Health as its clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Together Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health offer a true system of mental health care in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country. The Center is also affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.

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