Depression & Mental Health Screening Month
Like heart disease and other screenings, mental health screenings can help catch mental health problems early.
Screenings are a quick way to see if people are experiencing symptoms of depression or another treatable mental health condition. They're a check-up from the neck up.
There is no cost to the screenings. This tool is provided by public funding. This means it belongs to the community, to you. It’s yours to use whenever you want a check-in!
Depression is the most common mental disorder with more than 3 million cases per year in the United States.
Don't wait to find out if what you are experiencing can be treated. Depression is treatable by a medical professional. Therapy, antidepressant medication, or a combination of the two can help ensure recovery.
Everyone can feel sad on occasion. Losing a job or a relationship, or especially the death of a loved one, can lead to feelings of sadness and grief. These are normal responses to these situations.
Depression causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.
If you have been experiencing some of the symptoms nearly every day for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression. Symptoms of depression can vary from mild to severe but normally include:
Changes in appetite, such as eating too much or too little
Sleeping too much or too little (insomnia)
Persistent loss of interest and pleasure in daily life
Lack of energy
Lack of concentration
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
If you or someone you love is in this age group, learn more risk factors and symptoms of depression.
Don't assume if someone is seemingly happy around you is fine. People who are upbeat in public can be depressed. Don't disregard someone if they have other symptoms of depression.
And if someone is showing signs of depression, don't be afraid to ask, "Have you had thoughts of suicide lately?" Sometimes that question can save a life.
Depression is serious and can become debilitating. Don't wait to get help.
You can call our 24/7 Hopeline for yourself or on behalf of a loved one. Call the Hopeline for crisis help. You can also text 741 741. If it is an emergency, call 911.
24/7 HOPEline: 1-800-567-4673
Crisis Text Line: 741 741
Find out if you are experiencing symptoms of depression or other mental health conditions by taking a Mental Health Screening. You can also take a screening on behalf of a loved one.
Take an anonymous screening at wecarepeople.org/screening.
It might be easy to think you don't have depression right now because you never had it before, or it's been years. But the COVID-19 crisis has increased rates of depression.
Practicing mindfulness can help your mental health! The MHRSB sponsored a local program on GTV Lima last year, Mindful Moments with Mike, to help people during the pandemic. Watch this one below to start.
Allen County now has a local 211 number. 211 provides individuals with information and referrals to social services for everyday needs & in times of crisis.
If you are in crisis, call the 24/7 Hopeline at 1-800-567-4673 or text 741 741.
There is hope. There is help.
Call 211 for help finding mental health resources and other community social services.
Learn more or find resources online at allen211.org.
If you are in crisis call 1-800-567-HOPE (4673) or text 741 741.