Mercy raises awareness during Mental Health Month

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Senior Life Solutions offers outpatient



Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime. During the month of May, organizations across the country will be raising awareness of the importance of mental health. 

This year, Senior Life Solutions at Mercy Hospital Cassville, located at 94 Main St., is helping fight stigmas, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. It will be offering free mental health screenings to seniors in need and providing education to the community on mental health. Senior Life Solutions will also be offering depression screenings to the general public on May 11 from 7:30-10 a.m. in conference room C. 

Senior Life Solutions is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of older adults over the age of 65 struggling with depression and anxiety often related to aging. Individuals may be suffering from depression and anxiety if they are experiencing any of the following common indicators or triggers:  

• Recently experienced a traumatic event

• Lost a spouse or close family member

• Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities

• Changes in appetite

• Difficulty sleeping

• Loss of energy

• Feelings of sadness or grief lasting more than two weeks

• Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness

For more information, or for questions regarding mental health, people may call Mercy Hospital Cassville’s Senior Life Solutions program at 417-847-6042.

Individuals or organizations may also call Senior Life Solutions if they are interested in partnering to raise awareness, would like to attend the group's monthly resource meetings, or would like to receive free education on mental health. Personal depression screenings may also be arranged for seniors by contacting Senior Life Solutions at any time.