Low Moor, VA, May, 2012 - In honor of National Mental Health Month, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany is offering two free programs in May to educate the public about mental health disorders. One in four adults will suffer with a diagnosable mental illness this year alone.

"We want to encourage more people to seek treatment and not allow the stigma sometimes associated with a mental illness keep them from getting the care they need," said Psychiatrist Pradip Koirala, M.D.

Dr. Koirala will give a presentation on memory loss for one of the programs on May 31. He specializes in the treatment of mental illness in the senior population.

"Many mental health disorders are treatable and people can go on to live happy, more fulfilling lives," said Koirala. "This is no different in the senior population. There are also different resources for seniors to help them and their families deal with memory loss and other disorders such as depression. Seniors should know that depression is not a byproduct of age and it's manageable."

The other program will focus on substance abuse in seniors, presented by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Melinda Gabe on May 24. The programs will be held in Conference Room B from 12 to 1 p.m. and lunch will be provided. To register, call 540-862-6212.

"We understand how important mental health is to a person's overall health," said Greg Madsen, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany. "That's one of the reasons we opened the Senior Transitions Program in September. We want the community to know we offer services to meet their mental health needs."