24 Jul '11, 5am

Get screened for depression by hopping on a bus - AsiaOne

Get screened for depression by hopping on a bus - AsiaOne

Residents can now enjoy free depression screening simply by hopping onto a bus. A Positive Wellbeing bus will be making its rounds in Singapore, visiting different estates to provide senior citizens with an opportunity to assess their risk of depression. A National Health Mental Survey conducted in 2004 showed that 5.5 per cent of those depressed are seniors and one in 10 elderly would experience some symptoms of depression that would impact negatively on the quality of their lives. The elderly often neglect their mental health and do not view it as priority, said Health Promotion Board's chief Executive officer Mr Ang Hak Seng. Symptoms of poor mental health such as the loss of interest and feeling worthless are more likely to go undetected, especially if they are already battling other chronic medical conditions. During the screening, those found to be at risk are encour...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/Health/News/Story/A1Story20110723-...

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