October is National Depression & Mental Health Screening Month

October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month, a time when clinicians and their communities come together to spread awareness and combat mental illness. By working together, we can all promote the importance of mental health screenings while reducing the stigma associated with mental health illnesses.

Common Symptoms of Depression

The following are some of the most common symptoms of depression. If you or someone you love has been experiencing one or more of these nearly every day for at least two weeks, it’s a sign you or they may be suffering from depression:

  • Persistent sadness or anxiety
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in hobbies
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Becoming more and more isolated
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

What Clinicians are Doing

It’s common for people battling depression to feel worse during the holidays. October was chosen as awareness month; because it gives people plenty of lead time to get help before the festivities hit.

During this time, many clinicians, hospitals, and mental health facilities will either reduce or completely waive the fees for mental health screenings. This makes it far easier for those individuals who believe they may be suffering from it to receive an affordable and accurate diagnosis.

What Can You Do?

It is important to get screened for depression if you or someone you love is suffering from it. After screening, a practitioner will discuss a treatment plan with you that may include talk therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.

If you are recovered from mental health issues, it’s a wonderful idea to share with others if you feel comfortable doing so. Similarly, often when people are struggling with darkness, knowing someone has walked through it and is living, can offer encouragement.

In conclusion, if you or someone you love is interested in speaking with a trained therapist, please reach out to Denver Mental Health Collective.


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