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Features Health & Wellness LNO follow-up program April 12

Depression occurs twice as frequently in women as in men. Data is courtesy of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)Ladies Night Out is holding a special follow-up program to the March event on overcoming depression and reducing stress. This program will provide participants with tips and exercises to actually deal with depression and stress. The program will be held on Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, major depression affects more than 15 million American adults. Depression occurs twice as frequently in women as in men, for reasons that are not fully understood (see graph). Major depression can significantly interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, activity, and physical health. Among all medical illnesses, major depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States. The Ladies Night Out speaker will be Sarah Altman, Community Based Clinician with Smoky Mountain Center.

Ladies Night Out is a partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center to provide free monthly programs on a variety of health topics for women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings. For more information about Ladies Night Out, call Jennifer Hollifield at (828)349-2439.





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