Free & Confidential Mental Health Check-Up a Chance to Get Accurate Information for Quinte Residents

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On Wednesday, Oct. 3, mental health services provider Stevenson, Waplak & Associates will recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week by offering free emotional health check-ups with a confidential half-hour session at their office in Belleville, Ontario

Anxiety and mood disorders like depression are among the most common mental health issues... Often, people just want to know whether what they’re feeling is ‘normal’. A 30-minute session can help answer that question.

Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, dedicated to raising the profile of health issues that impact every Canadian but most are afraid to discuss. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2 in 3 people suffer in silence because they’re afraid of judgement and rejection.

To recognize this, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, local mental health services provider Stevenson, Waplak & Associates will offer free emotional health check-ups with a confidential half-hour session at their office in Belleville.

“Anxiety and mood disorders like depression are among the most common mental health issues. They’re also among the most treatable,” said Jeff Waplak, clinical director for Stevenson, Waplak & Associates. “Often, people just want to know whether what they’re feeling is ‘normal.’ A 30-minute session can help answer that question.”

Survey Results More Accurate Than Google

Surveys have shown that more people turn to the Internet than their doctors when it comes to questions about their health. Not only can it be hard to find the information you’re looking for, it can also be inaccurate.

“We will use a standardized screening test that people can print for their own reference and take to their doctor, if they wish,” Waplak explained. “It’s just an opportunity to ask questions of a professional so you can feel more confident about whether or not you have anything to worry about.”

Sessions are also available to family and friends who may be concerned about a loved one. A mental health professional can provide factual information and review screening questions they would typically ask.

“Many people are afraid to ask for help; there’s such a significant stigma around mental health that we’re trying to break through,” observed Waplak. “That doesn’t mean the people around them aren’t affected.”

Free assessment: What to expect

The focus of the emotional health check-up is particularly on anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. After a brief introduction, individuals will be led through the screening test; results will be reviewed by a mental health professional, who can suggest next steps as needed.

“People won’t leave with a diagnosis. The screening isn’t that comprehensive,” emphasized Waplak. “However, they will know whether it’s worth having a conversation with their doctor. It’s a chance to ask: ‘What do you think of this?’”

To book your free and confidential 30-minute check-up, please contact Stevenson, Waplak & Associates at 613-967-0545 or email julie@swa-qch.com; please note that you are interested in the free assessment. Space is limited to 30 assessments, so priority will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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