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 8, 2020, 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 8, 2020.

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 2020 works to provide Delawareans options if they are reluctant to seek help. It also establishes prevention and early intervention.

NEW!

National Depression Screening Day 2020 – We will be screening online due to the Covid-19 virus. There are 13 screens including depression, bipolar, anxiety disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, gambling, substance abuse, psychosis and several more.

NEW!

You can access the screens 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

The following sites are offering in-person screenings on the following dates:

  • Brandywine Community (City of Love) Church (10/8) 2200 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE19802 10:00 am -2:00 pm
  • Lewes Senior Center (10/22) – 32083 Janice Rd. Lewes, DE 19958 (10/22) 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • New Castle Senior Center (10/14) – 400 South St., New Castle, DE 19720 9:00am-11:00am
  • Salvation Army (10/13) – 400 N. Orange St. Wilmington, DE 19801 10:30-12:30
  • Mamie Warren Senior Center (10/7)– 1775 Wheatleys Pond Rd., Symrna, DE 19977 10:00 am-12:00 pm

If your organization is interested in holding a depression screening at your site on Thursday, October 8th, 2020,  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!