ALTON — May is Mental Health Month, designed to increase awareness of how common mental illnesses are and encourage individuals to see a mental health professional.
Free and confidential depression and anxiety screenings are scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Psychological Services, located in the Saint Clare’s Professional Building, Suite 101, at 815 E. Fifth St. in Alton.
Individuals who take part in this screening will meet privately with a mental health professional to discuss symptoms. The individual will be provided information about these diagnoses and recommendations for treatment based on their set of symptoms. Each screening will take approximately 20-25 minutes.
Register for your screening by calling (618) 474-6240.
Psychological Services is also starting a new program for adults seeking to obtain greater life satisfaction by improving their mood and reducing stress and anxiety. Feeling Good, the area’s only group therapy led by a licensed clinical psychologist, encourages participants to:
- Master relaxation
- Manage stress and anxiety
- Stop worried thoughts
- Identify and fix unhelpful thought patterns
- Build coping skills
- Improve mood
Dr. Shannon Walker, clinical supervisor of psychological services, has expertise in the treatment of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, trauma and adjustment to life transitions, providing professional counseling and psychological evaluation in a caring and compassionate manner.
The Feeling Good group sessions are covered under most insurance plans and are held in the Psychological Services office. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Psychological Services at (618) 474-6240. All calls are confidential.