Free depression screenings

Unity Health and the Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation will offer free, anonymous depression screenings Thursday, Oct. 8, as a part of National Depression Screening Day.

Screenings will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Unity Health’s White County Medical Center campus in Searcy and on the Harris Medical Center campus in Newport. Screenings will include written evaluations, access to a licensed professional counselor and referrals.

National Depression Screening Day is held annually to create awareness for depression, manic-depression and anxiety, and to educate the public about the symptoms and effective treatments. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2013 an estimated 15.7 million U.S. adults ages 18 and older had at least one major depressive episode.

For more information about behavioral health services at Unity Health, please visit

For more information about the Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation and the services it provides, and for questions about National Depression Screening Day, please call 501.278.4357.

As the leading healthcare provider in an eight-county area, Unity Health and its associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. Unity Health is the largest employer in an eight-county area with more than 2,000 associates. The Searcy facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.