MOULTRIE -- Two South Georgia groups will participate in the National Depression Screening Day Oct. 7.

The Depression Support Group, sponsored by Colquitt Regional Medical Center's Pathways, will hold its event during the regular meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m., according to Pathways Director Margaret McDaniel. The group meets the first Thursday of every month at CRMC's Ferguson Room.

The event will include games, refreshments and resource materials as well as the screening.

The free, private screening consists of seven sections of yes-or-no questions about when you feel anxious, sad or fearful, McDaniel said. The answers are scored, and assessments are provided on-site. The assessment takes about 30 minutes.

The process screens for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, McDaniel said.

Treatment recommendations may be made during the assessment, she said. If a more in-depth assessment is called for, Pathways can schedule that during the screening.

For more information about Pathways or its Depression Support Group, call McDaniel at 890-9070.

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, based in Thomasville, will offer a similar screening from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at First Presbyterian Church of Thomasville, 225 E. Jackson St.

The alliance is a peer-run organization with a mission to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders in Southwest Georgia. Support groups are held the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at Psychiatric Associates of Thomasville, 136 Grant St.

National Depression Screening Day, the first and largest nationwide, community-based mental healht screening program, provides in-person and online screening for four of the most common and frequently co-occuring mental disorders: depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

For more information about the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, call the alliance's chapter president and facilitator, Renee Hansard, at (229) 227-9851.

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