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House Call: Depressed? Help is available out there

Laurie Marbas
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Grand River Health Events

Greenhouse Community Open House

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 15

See the greenhouse at Grand River Health, 501 Airport Road in Rifle. There will be live healthy cooking demonstrations, samples of salads, herbs, grilled veggies, recipes, door prize drawings, gardening and composting tips and more. At noon, the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new facility. Everyone is welcome to stop by and take a tour.

Health & Happiness Wellness Series/Lunch & Learn: Conversational Spanish 1-0-1

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 21

Attend this informational luncheon and learn some basic conversational Spanish words and phrases that may help you converse in your daily work environment. RSVP to Changing Lifestyles, Jenna Collinge, 625-6200 or jcollinge@grhd.org. .A free lunch will be served.

May is Mental Health Awareness month and is designed to increase the public’s understanding of this stigmatizing health issue. Depression is the most common form of mental illness and can be treated. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1 out of 20 Americans, 12 years of age and older, report current depression. Risk factors include a family history of depression or suicide, physical, financial or personal stressors, recent pregnancy or delivery and substance or drug abuse. Here are some questions to ask if you think you or someone you care for is suffering from depression:

Do you have little interest or pleasure in doing things?

Are you feeling down, depressed or hopeless?



Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep or sleep too much?

Are you feeling tired or have little energy?



Do you have a poor appetite or are you overeating?

Are you feeling bad about yourself, or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down?

Are you having trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television?

Are you moving or speaking so slowly that other people have noticed. Or the opposite: Are you so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual?

Are you having thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself in some way?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please seek help from your local health care provider or call Mind Springs, a local mental health center that can help. Call (888) 207-4004, which is their crisis line, or 625-3582 to contact their office. Remember, you are not alone and there is help.

Dr. Laurie Marbas is a family physician at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle.


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