Free mental health screenings Oct. 8

The public is invited to “Get Your Check-Up from the Neck Up” at free Wellness Month events at two locations in Greenwich on Oct. 8, or online.

Information will be available on stress management, sleep hygiene, mood-boosting foods, resilience, mindfulness, and local services. Activities supporting wellness and healthy snacks will be provided. Visitors will be able to take a free mental health screening, discuss the results with a clinician, and get a referral to treatment if needed.

The events will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 8-10 a.m., at Greenwich Hospital, by appointment (call 203-863-3316), as well as at Greenwich Town Hall from 1:30 to 4:30. Other locations and dates may be found at HealthyMindsCT.org.

These free events are designed to raise awareness of mental health as a part of overall wellness and to promote getting an annual mental health checkup as a preventive measure, according to the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board (SWRMHB), organizer of this county-wide initiative.

Collaborating with Southwest Regional Mental Health Board in Greenwich are local partners Greenwich Department of Social Services, Greenwich Hospital, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Southwest CT chapter. This effort is supported financially by Purdue Pharma, LP and CT Health Foundation. Screenings in English and Spanish are also available online at www.HealthyMindsCT.org. Visitors to the site can take a self-assessment for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, alcohol use, or eating disorders. Parents may use an online tool to screen for depression in their teenager.

About the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board

SWRMHB is a nonprofit community advisory council dedicated to ensuring a high-quality mental health system that promotes recovery and wellbeing for the residents of southwestern Connecticut. SWRMHB represents and serves the communities of Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. For more information visit the organization’s website: www.HealthyMindsCT.org. SWRMHB also manages the award-winning website, TurningPointCT.org, developed by and for young adults from Connecticut—“guiding the search for mental wellness.”

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