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National Depression Screening Day

October 07, 2021

Ozark Center Offers Free Screenings at Every Ozark Location

Joplin, MO – October 7 is National Depression Screening Day. Ozark Center, an entity of Freeman Health System, offers free depression screenings at all its locations 24/7. More than one in four adults have faced depression through the pandemic, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Just like health screenings help detect heart disease or high blood pressure, a depression screening can help provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness. A screening can help people to receive an informed diagnosis. It also drags depression out of the darkness and can bring help to those who need it.

Roughly 40 million adults in the U.S. struggle with depression or anxiety. Their family, friends and co-workers are also impacted. Major depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year.

Depression can be treated – the first step is realizing someone needs help. Contact Ozark Center for a free depression screening at 417.347.7720 or go to




About Freeman Health System

Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit



About Ozark Center

Ozark Center is based in Joplin, Missouri and has been an entity of Freeman Health System since 1996. It has been providing comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults and families since 1965 in an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from the Four States. Ozark Center continually looks for innovative ways to address the behavioral health needs of the community and promote awareness of behavioral health issues in an effort to eliminate the discrimination associated with it. For more information, visit or call 417.347.7600.