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Mental Health Is Focus of Free Program October 1st  

Portland, ME -- The public is invited to learn about anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues at a free educational program on Thursday, October 1, from 6 to 8 PM at  Maine Medical Center's Scarborough Campus at 100 US Rt 1.  The program, hosted by mental health professionals of Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, will also feature confidential mental health screening for interested participants.  

World Health Organization data reveal that mental illness accounts for over 15 percent of the burden of disease in established market economies--more than the disease burden caused by all cancers.  In the US, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 26.2 percent of the population age 18 and older - about one in four adults - suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. 

"It's a real health issue," says Integrated Behavioral Healthcare's Lyn Suggs, LCSW. "No age group or socioeconomic class is immune.  The good news is that treatment works and can even save lives." 

The October 1st program will feature an overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatments of two prevalent mental health disorders: anxiety and depression.  The session will include a question and answer period, as well as a mental health questionnaire that participants can discuss with a mental health professional or with their primary care provider. 

The program is an annual offering of Integrated Behavioral Healthcare in recognition of national Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year runs October 4-10.  

For more information or to register for the free event, please call 207-885-8570.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, located at 200 Professional Drive in Scarborough, is a subsidiary of Spring Harbor Community Services and is part of the MaineHealth system.

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