Free mental health screenings at the Y

The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board will be performing free mental health screenings at the Riverbrook Regional YMCA on Monday, Oct. 26, from 9 to 12:30, and online.
As part of its “Wellness Month” initiative, the mental health board has arranged for a licensed clinician to be present at the screenings, which are questionaire-styled and designed to identify symptoms of generalized anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and mood disorder.
The medical professional will go over the results of the questionnaires with participating individuals, and, if necessary, they will be able to obtain referrals for treatment.
Neither insurance nor identification are required to participate in this event. Non-residents of Wilton are welcome.
In addition to the screenings, the mental health board will give away free information on stress management, sleep hygiene, mood-boosting foods, resilience, mindfulness and local services.
The event will also feature some yet-to-be-determined wellness activity, such as a yoga or meditation demonstration. Healthy snacks will be provided.
The screenings are also available online for free at HealthyMindsCT.org.
“You won’t get that personal connection with the clinician,” said Cheryll Houston Blumenfield, deputy director of the mental health board, “but the exact same questionnaires are available online at our website.”
The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board is a nonprofit community advisory council dedicated to ensuring a mental health system that promotes recovery and wellbeing for the residents of southwestern Connecticut. Wellness Month is its program that offers free mental health checkups, wellness info and activities at events throughout southern Fairfield County during October.