With depression occurring in one out of three people in the U.S. and with the Oct. 11 National Depression Screening Day approaching, Newport Mental Health will be offering free mental health screenings at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center.

Newport Mental Health will provide the free mental health screenings at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center at 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. in Newport on Wednesday, October 10 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The screenings are open to the public.

“Like blood pressure or any other type of screening, mental health screening is a way for you or someone you care about to determine if you need to connect with a mental health professional,” said NMH President and CEO Jamie Lehane. “As they say in the clinical world, it’s a check-up from the neck up.” Lehane added that a licensed clinician and the NMH clinical director will be administering the screenings.”

In addition, all screenings are anonymous and will be given in a confidential setting. After a brief questionnaire, Clinical Director Dan Wartenberg, Ph.D and licensed clinician Heather Follett, LMHC, will provide participants with their results and appropriate recommendations and resources, if needed.The mission of Newport Mental Health is to improve the lives of children, adults and families living and working in Newport County by providing the highest quality, recovery-oriented, evidence-based and integrated mental health and substance use care.

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