Free confidential screenings will be available on Thursday, Oct. 10, during National Depression Screening Day.

Depression and anxiety affect 1 in 4 Americans in any given year -- virtually someone in every household. Although these illnesses are common at all ages, from children through senior citizens, they often go unrecognized or untreated, leading to family stress, loss of productivity, and at times, suicide. However, when diagnosed and treated appropriately, people can and do recover.

To help identify people who are at risk, health-care centers, community services, and colleges throughout Fairfield County will offer free, confidential screenings for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

For details about screening times, dial 2-1-1 or visit

Sites will provide confidential, brief screenings as a first step in identifying people in need of services. On-site clinicians can provide referrals to appropriate local services for those in need of further assistance. They will also make available information on depression, anxiety and related mental illnesses.

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