National Depression Screening DayWhether for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or depression, health screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness and can reach people who might not otherwise seek professional medical advice.
Clinical depression is a common medical illness affecting more than 19 million american adults each year. Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of healthcare.
The National Depression Screening Project, a mental health screening program, sponsors National Depression Screening Day each October. The Project operates a toll-free, year-round phone line that allows callers to find free and confidential screening locations in their local areas.
Why Screen for Depression?
Clinical depression is a serious medical illness.
National Depression Screening Day is held during Mental Illness Awareness Week each October. It is designed to call attention to the illness of depression on a national level, educate the public about its symptoms and effective treatments, offer individuals the opportunity to be screened for depression, and connect those in need of treatment to the mental health care system.
Starting with only 90 sites in its first year, the Screening Day program has grown to reach more than 85,000 people at 3,000 sites nationwide. To respond to the year-round need, the program also maintains a toll-free, year-round phone line for free, anonymous screening locations in local areas.
To find a free, anonymous screening site in your area, go to www.mentalhealthscreening.org
Take an online depression screening.
What Is a Depression Screening like?
Attendees at screening programs, which are free and confidential:
Who Should Attend a Depression Screening?
People suffering from depression often experience some of these key symptoms*:
Screenings are not a professional diagnosis. Screenings point out the presence or absence of depressive symptoms and provide a referral for further evaluation if needed. You should see your doctor or a qualified mental health professional if you experience five or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily routine.
Sponsors of National Screening for Depression include:
Mental Health America
American Psychiatric Association
National Institute of Mental Health
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems
National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Assn.
For more information, contact the National Depression Screening Project Office at (781) 239-0071.
For More Information:For help finding treatment, support groups, medication information, help paying for your medications, your local Mental Health America affiliate, and other mental health-related services in your community, please contact us.
If you or someone you know is in crisis now, seek help immediately. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24 hour crisis center or dial 911 for immediate assistance.
Page last updated: 3/8/2009