The 25th Annual National Depression Screening Day is next Thursday, October 8th. The event is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues and to screen people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders.
Some organizations are offering free, in-person screenings on Thursday, but you can also take an anonymous online mental health screening anytime by clicking here.
The following is from a New York Times article on the importance of mental health check-ups:
The notion of a regular mental health checkup is less established, perhaps because of the historical stigma about mental illness. But taking periodic stock of your emotional well-being can help identify warning signs of common ailments like depression or anxiety. Such illnesses are highly treatable, especially when they are identified in their early stages, before they get so severe that they precipitate some sort of personal — and perhaps financial — crisis.
“Absolutely, people should have a mental health checkup,” said Jeffrey Borenstein, editor in chief of Psychiatric News, published by the American Psychiatric Association. “It’s just as important as having a physical checkup.”
In conjunction with National Depression Screening day, the Screening for Mental Health website sent out the infographic below with six steps to coping with depression.
If you know of upcoming mental health screening events in your community….let us know and we’ll get the word out. Making sure Arizonans have the resources they need to take care of their bodies and minds is critical to our vision of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!