National Depression Screening Day

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. On Thursday, October 10, 2019, many organizations will participate with MHA in providing quick, anonymous screenings in various locations throughout the state. These screenings are often the first step for individuals with depression in getting help. There are also many sites who will provide screenings throughout the month of October, not just on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Like other health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes, many people with depression are not aware of their illness. The depression screenings are not a professional evaluation, but are a quick and easy way to spot some of the early signs of trouble. Clinical Depression is a common medical illness affecting more than 15 million American adults each year. Over 84,000 Delawareans reported experiencing serious psychological distress in the past year, with depression being among that distress. Importantly, 80% of those diagnosed with depression who seek treatment, experience a decrease in symptoms within 4-6 weeks.

It is very important for people to understand the connection of mental health to physical health and overall well-being. An initiative such as National Depression Screening Day 2019 works to provide Delawareans options if they are reluctant to seek help. It also establishes prevention and early intervention.

The following sites will provide screenings on Thursday, October 10, 2019 and on other days throughout October, as noted:

  • A.C.E. Peer Resource Center 20707 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947 – 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
  • A.C.E. Peer Resource Center (10/8) 547 N. Bradford Street, Seaford, 19973 – 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m
  • AIDS Delaware – 100 West 10th Street, Suite 315, Wilmington, 19801 – 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.
  • Beautiful Gate Outreach – 604 Walnut Street, Wilmington, 19801 TBD
  • Brandywine Community (City of Love) Church 2200 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE19802 – 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
  • Career Team – 964 Justison St., Wilmington, DE 19801 – TBD
  • Christiana Care – Wimington – 501 West 14th St., Wilmington, DE 19801 – TBD
  • Claymore Senior Center (10/24) – 504 S. Clayton St., Wilmington, DE 19805 – 10:00a.m. – ?
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Dover (10/8), 100 Campus Drive, Dover, 19904 – 11:00a.m. to 1:30p.m.
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Georgetown 21179 College Drive, Georgetown, DE 19947 – TBD
  • Delaware Technical Community College (10/23) – Stanton, 400 Stanton Road, Newark, 19713 – 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
  • Delaware Technical Community College (10/11) – Wilmington, 333 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington, 19801 – 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
  • Dover Behavioral Health – 725 Horsepond Road, Dover, 19901 – TBD
  • Easter Seals – 22317 duPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947 – 9:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.
  • Easter Seals- 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle, 19720 – 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
  • Goldey Beacom College – 4701 Limestone Road (Thompson Lounge), Wilmington, DE 19808 – 3:30p.m. to 7:00p.m.
  • Joseph Patrick Fabber Memorial Foundation (10/1 – 10/31) – 401 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947 – 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.
  • Harvest Years Senior Center (10/15) 30 South St., Camden, DE 19934 – 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
  • Henrietta Johnson Medical Center Claymont – 2722 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703 – 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
  • Henrietta Johnson Medical Center Wilmington Southbridge – 601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington, DE 19801 – 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
  • La Red Health Center – 21444 Carmean Way, Georgetown, DE 19947 – 9;00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • Milford Senior Center – TBD
  • Ministry of Caring – TBD
  • Mobile Crisis Unit – Northern DE – TBD
  • Mobile Crisis Intervention Services – 700 Main Street, Ellendale, 19941 – 7:30a.m. – 9:00p.m.
  • Neighborhood House INC. – 1218 B Street, Wilmington, 19801 – 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
  • Newark Senior Center (10/17) – 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, 19713 – 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
  • New Castle Senior Center (10/16) – 400 South St., New Castle, DE 19720 – 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
  • Partners in Health and Wellbeing – 260 Chapman Rd. Suite 1B, Newark, DE 19702 – TBD
  • Rosehill Community Center – DeLaWarr Senior Center (10/18) – 19 Lambson Lane, New Castle, DE 19720
  • SODAT – Delaware INC. – 625 N. Orange Street, Wilmington, 19801 – 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
  • St Anthony’s Senior Center (10/29) – 1703 W. 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19805 – 11:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.

In 2018, we screened approximately 250 people throughout the state and approximately 129 screened positive for Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or PTSD and were referred to treatment. We want to increase that number for 2019.

If your organization is interested in holding a depression screening at your site on Thursday, October 10th, 2019 , please contact our office at (302)654-6833 or e-mail Elizabeth Davis at edavis@mhainde.org.
A huge thank you to all of those who are contributing their time and effort!

If your organization is interested in holding a depression screening at your site on Thursday, October 5th, please contact our office at (302)654-6833 or e-mail Elizabeth Davis@edavis@mhainde.org. 

A huge thank you to all of those who are contributing their time and effort!