National Depression Screening Day
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Statewide Event Throughout New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, the Mental Health Association in Delaware will be collaborating statewide to bring National Depression Screening Day to sites throughout the state. Screenings will be taking place in various locations such as community health centers, community centers, health clubs, community college campuses, churches, etc.
National Depression Screening Day is designed to call attention to the illness of depression on a national level and 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 health care system in Delaware. Depression screenings are not a professional evaluation, but are a quick and easy way to spot some of the early signs of trouble.
Over 61,000 adult Delawareans suffer from a mood disorder including major depression or bipolar disorder. Over 51,000 Delawareans reported experiencing at least one major depressive episode in the past year. An initiative such as National Depression Screening Day works to provide Delawareans options if they are reluctant to seek help and it also establishes prevention and early intervention.
If you are wondering if you may have depression, take the first step in asking for help. http://www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org
If your organization is interested in holding a depression screening at your site, please contact our office (302)654-6833 or e-mail Alexandra Gawel at email@example.com.
Thank you to last year’s sites for depression screening in Delaware including: Beautiful Gate Outreach at Bethel AME Church, Christ Our King Parish Health Ministry, Claymont Community Center, Delaware Technical Community College (Wilmington and Stanton Campus) Dover Behavioral Health, Easter Seals Georgetown, Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, Latin American Community Center, Neighborhood House INC, SODAT – DE, Thurman Adams State Service Center, University of Delaware, and West End Neighborhood House.
Last year we screened 198 people throughout the state and 36 screened positive for depression and were referred to treatment. Join us for National Depression Screening Day!
New Castle - (302) 577-2484 - Kent/Sussex - (800) 345-6785
or go the nearest hospital or emergency center, or call 911.