Screening for Mental Health
Wondering about your mental health? Take a screening online!
There is a choice of 13 screens to determine if you have one or several mental health disorders.
The Covid-19 virus may have changed the way we meet, but it has not stopped depression from affecting millions of Americans. An estimated 16 million U.S. adults (almost 7% of the population) had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse are on the rise. We need to reach those individuals who need to be connected to helpful resources.
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 7, 2021, many organizations participated with MHA in providing quick, anonymous screenings in various locations throughout the state. There were also many sites who provided screenings throughout the month of October, not just on Thursday, October 7, 2021. These screenings are often the first step for individuals with depression in getting help.
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 2021 works to provide Delawareans options if they are reluctant to seek help. It also establishes prevention and early intervention.
You can access the screens 24 hours a day/7 days a week. There are 13 screens including depression, bipolar, anxiety disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, gambling, substance abuse, psychosis and several more.
We want to thank the following sites for offering on site depression screens during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020:
- New Castle Senior Center (10/14) – 400 South St., New Castle, DE 19720 9:00am-11:00am
- Mamie Warren Senior Center (10/7)– 1775 Wheatleys Pond Rd., Smyrna, DE 19977 10:00am-12:00 pm