The CATCH CIRC Program recently teamed with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services (DBHIDS) to offer free depression screenings to the public. The outreach initiative is called “Checkup from the Neck Up”. Michelle Antipuna is the Associate Director of the CIRC Program and one of the organizers of this event. Mrs. Antipuna says it is important that everyone take the time to check on their mental health. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is impacting all our lives in some way.

The CIRC Team stationed themselves outside the Starbucks on Broad and Jackson Streets in South Philly. They were joined by Victor Scott, a Recovery Advocate from DBHIDS. Victor encouraged passers-by to complete a self-assessment which screens for signs of depression. Participants completed a brief questionnaire that covers all areas of mental health. They were then given a score and provided guidance on what their individual number means in terms of their mental health.

Participants received information on Community Resources as well as a goody bag full of fun prizes. Mrs. Antipuna said that 10 people volunteered for the screening. The team also had a lot of interaction with others who wished not to be screened but are seeking information on available resources for depression and mental health. This is the 21st year in which CATCH has participated in the Depression Screening Event. Mrs. Antipuna says her team is excited to be out in the community once again. Last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. She hopes that this event, and others like it, can help make a difference in someone’s life.

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