Highland Hospital's outpatient division is participating in National Depression Screening Day, offering free mental health screenings and helping people find treatment options.
Held by Process Strategies, the event will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the outpatient division's office on 1418 MacCorkle Ave. SW in Charleston.
Screenings are not diagnostic but may help identify mood disorder symptoms along with local treatment options, according to a news release from Highland.
National Depression Screening Day is held in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week, which Congress established to raise awareness of mental illness.
According to Screening for Mental Health, each year since 1991, the event has screened more than half a million people for depression.
Jim Strawn, director of marketing at Process Strategies, explained the business has participated in the event for the last 15 years.
"It's a pretty serious condition that is disabling our society," Strawn said. "If you have symptoms of mood swings, irritability or energy levels are changing or you're not enjoying things you used to enjoy, it's a wonderful opportunity to learn about it. And it's completely free, completely confidential."