Mental health professionals offer free services

Friday was National Depression Screening Day, and local mental health professionals treated residents for free.Dr. Norma Kirwin, director of Bennett Behavioral Health Center, has new

NORWALK - Friday was National Depression Screening Day, and local mental health professionals treated residents for free.

Dr. Norma Kirwin, director of Bennett Behavioral Health Center, has new patients fill-out a confidential questionnaire when they first arrive, which includes 10 questions about a patient?s energy level, feelings of worthlessness or blame and general sadness.

?There are a number of signs,? Kirwin says. ?Sad mood, tearfulness, people report lacking pleasure in things."

Kirwin, among other medical professionals, is encouraged by the success of treatments like therapies and antidepressant medications.

?It's not really a weakness, it's a strength to get the help you need," Lawson Smith, of Fairfield, says.

Kirwin encourages people who are experiencing the symptoms of depression, or who have friends or family members who may be suffering, to get medical attention, rather than try to tackle the problems on their own.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Surveillance video from a nearby store captured Terryanne 2 Video captures woman being hit by truck in Stamford
Cristina Vomoca died days after a tractor-trailer ran 3 Funeral held for Stamford hairstylist killed in crash
Stoff discusses Charles Lindbergh's flight from Long Island 4 Extended interview with Cradle of Aviation Museum curator Joshua Stoff
Police say the Daughters of Charity of the 5 Bridgeport Catholic charity robbed

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE