Lecture and Screening for Depression Oct. 10

September 18, 2002
News Office: Twink Stern (415) 502-6397

UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute will offer a free lecture and screening in observance of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the first floor auditorium at 401 Parnassus Ave.

The event, the only one of its kind scheduled in San Francisco,is free and open to the general public. The educational lecture will be given during the first 30 minute followed by screening and referrals. No treatment will be given. The screening will be free and anonymous.

"Depression is a major cause of disability worldwide, outranking other illnesses such as cancer and coronary artery disease," said Dr. Stuart J. Eisendrath, UCSF clinical psychiatrist. "It is important to identify depression because it is a readily treatable disease." Eisendrath is director of ambulatory services at LPPI hospital and clinics.

The Oct. 10 event, organized as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, was designed to call attention to the illnesses of depression, manic-depression and anxiety as well as to educate the public about their symptoms and effective treatment. The event also offers individuals the opportunity to be screened for the disorders and to connect those in need of treatment to the mental health care system.

For more information, call (415) 476-7500 or visit the website.

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