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National Depression Screening Day, October 6, 2005

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and Screening for Mental Health (SMH) are pleased to announce their partnership on behalf of the 2005 National Depression Screening Day Mental Health Screening program (NDSD). ACP has co-sponsored the NDSD Primary Care Outreach program of NDSD since 1998. Since that time, NDSD has expanded beyond its traditional focus on depression and bipolar disorder to address anxiety disorders, as well. Thousands of ACP members have tried mental health screening in their practices in conjunction with NDSD and have reported that the screening was helpful in identifying patients with mental disorders that might otherwise have gone undetected. Since mood and anxiety disorders are eminently treatable and impact the course of co-occurring medical illnesses, identifying and treating patients with these disorders can help provide positive outcomes for a variety of illnesses.

ACP and SMH are providing more than 3,000 randomly selected ACP members with an NDSD Primary Care kit for use in screening patients. The kit includes materials to screen for four mental health disorders – depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

All ACP members and other health professionals are invited to download a free primary care screening kit.

By clicking on this link, you will be brought to the first page of a 5-step registration process. By selecting the third option, “Primary/Specialty Care Medical Clinician or Clinic (non-psychiatric),” and then clicking “Next,” you will be able to complete the online registration process necessary to sign up for the downloadable kit. Any questions about this registration process can be directed to the NDSD office at 781-239-0071.

Page posted: 09-2-05