Gulfcoast Clinical Research Center plans event focusing on National Depression Screening Day


FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 2, 2012) – Gulfcoast Clinical Research Center will offer mental health screenings on National Depression Screening Day, Oct. 11. Depression screenings will take place at the Gulfcoast Clinical Research offices at 6150 Diamond Centre Ct. Ste. 500 in Fort Myers, Fla. Screenings are free to the public and will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Staff members will be available to answer questions, provide informational packets and serve cookies and coffee.

To promote awareness of depression and to lessen the stigma surrounding this common health issue, Gulfcoast Clinical Research center also will be conducting outreach programs with community organizations throughout the month of October.

“Many people don’t realize how widespread depression is,” commented Christy Downey, director of Gulfcoast Clinical Research Center since 2005. “One in 10 adults may be diagnosed with depression. The good news is there are treatment options available ranging from counseling to medication. But first depression has to be properly diagnosed. The free screenings at our office opens the door to helping diagnose patients and providing information on treatment options available in our community.”

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first full week of October in sponsoring many kinds of activities.

Depression affects millions of Americans and doesn’t discriminate by age, gender, class or ethnicity. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), symptoms of a depressive episode include but are not limited to feelings of sadness, worthlessness, loss of interest in activities, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, insomnia and/or thoughts of suicide for longer than two weeks.

To help a friend or family member who might be dealing with depression, it is best to listen carefully, offer emotional support and provide assistance in seeing a doctor and getting treatment. Gulfcoast Clinical Research Center recommends screening as the best first step.

For more information contact Gulfcoast Clinical Research Center at 239.561.0009 or visit

About Gulfcoast Clinical Research Center
Gulfcoast Clinical Research Center ( has been the area leader in clinical trial research since 2004. Fort Myers’ center for clinical research is dedicated to educating and improving the quality of mental health care in their community. They have been recognized for their expertise in neurological, psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Gulfcoast Clinical Research Center develops and implements pharmaceutical research studies and innovative treatment options at their Fort Myers, Fla. office located at 6150 Diamond Centre Ct. Ste. 500.