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National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month

October is filled with a focus on mental health education and depression awareness.  The entire month is centered around sharing information and awareness of screenings and prevention. National Depression Screening Day is held annually on October 6. It’s important for many reasons. First, it can help people make an informed diagnosis. It also drags depression out of the darkness. And perhaps most important, it can bring help to those that need it.

To address the needs of those experiencing Depression, behavioral health advocates participate in Depression Awareness Month each October. One key objective of Depressive Awareness Month is to realize recovery is possible.

Because the whole month of October is Depression Awareness Month, please consider visiting WebMd’s Depression Center for comprehensive information and the latest news.  Visit WebMd.com and click on depression in the menu bar to find a comprehensive library of helpful, educational and resourceful videos on depression.

Ways You Can Observe National Depression Screening Day

Learn Something New
For those suffering symptoms, use National Depression Screening Day as a chance to learn how to manage them. For those who do not suffer from depression, learn how to help someone else.

Reach Out to Someone
Most people probably know someone suffering from depression. Reach out to them and let them know you support their battle.

Contribute to the Fight
Whether or not you suffer from depression, use this day to fight back. Learn about volunteer opportunities. Or just write a Facebook post about the battle against depression — and let others know you understand and care.

You Are Not Alone

If you are feeling down emotionally and not your usual self, please visit www.mental health screening.org. Remember, you are not alone. Depression affects 322 million people around the World, and in the U.S. over 15 million adults experience depression each year.  If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact your physician right away or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately at 1-800-273-TALK.


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