October 8th is National Depression Screening Day

By Brett Dumke

Thursday, October 8th is National Depression Screening Day, a program sponsored by Screening for Mental Health, Inc. Last year, nearly 300,000 people were screened nationally at in-person events. Several Minnesota hospitals, health centers, and social service organizations are participating in this free event, which is available to the public. Many of these statewide screenings offer:

  • An anonymous mental health self-assessment
  • Educational resources for you to take home
  • A confidential interview with a mental health professional to discuss the results of your screening
  • In primary/specialty care offices
  • A list of local referral resources where you can receive treatment

To contact an onsite screening location in your area, or to access an anonymous online self-assessment, please click on: http://register.mentalhealthscreening.org/Locator1.aspx?MPEID=14