St. Luke’s Hospital to offer informational sessions on male depression Thursday

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

This May, during Mental Health Month, St. Luke’s Hospital will offer two opportunities for people learn more about understanding and managing the effects of depression, in particular in men.

“Men Get Depression” is based on an NPR-produced documentary, followed by group discussion led by two psychiatrists. Two sessions will be held Thursday in the St. Luke’s Community Room, located at 89 West Mills Street, Suite B, in Columbus.

Both sessions are free and open to the public. 

Dr. Gerald Travis

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The first session from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. will feature Dr. Gerald Travis, medical director of Senior Life Solutions, as moderator. Breakfast will be served.

Dr. Belynda Veser, medical director of the Center of Behavioral Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital, will moderate the second session from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The general public, as well as health care professionals, are invited to attend either session.

“When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, it can be difficult to handle,” said Paula Brooks, a registered nurse and program director of Senior Life Solutions. “It’s important to remember that good mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.”

The free “Men Get Depression” sessions are sponsored by St. Luke’s Hospital, Senior Life Solutions, St. Luke’s Center of Behavioral Medicine, and Polk Fit, Fresh, Friendly. 

Dr. Belynda Veser

To register for “Men Get Depression” or to learn more about programs offered by St. Luke’s Hospital, call 828- 894-0972 or email