The Mental Health Association in Delaware will be collaborating statewide Thursday, Oct. 10, to bring National Depression Screening Day to sites throughout the state, Screenings will take place in locations such as community health centers, community centers, health clubs, community college campuses, churches, etc.
National Depression Screening Day is designed to increase mental health literacy by calling to attention the illness of depression on a national level. It is also designed to educate the public about symptoms and effective treatment, to offer individuals the opportunity to be screened for depression, and to connect those in need to the mental healthcare system in Delaware. These depression screenings are not professional evaluations, but they are a quick and easy way to spot some of the early warning signs of trouble.
Depressive disorders affect nearly 20.9 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. More than 80 percent of people with clinical depression can be successfully treated. For more information about National Depression Screening Day, including times and locations, or MHA in Delaware go to www.mhainde.org, or in Kent County or Sussex County, call 800-287-6423.