This Thursday, October 10th is National Depression Screening Day.
After the flooding that hit Southern Alberta we saw a record increase in clients. Our community was not only struck physically, but emotionally. This year more than ever, National Depression Screening Day is crucial for our community. Individuals could be feeling depressed, yet not know why the symptoms along with the depression are happening. This induces anxiety, and emotional turmoil. After a natural disaster these symptoms are far more common.
National Depression Screening Day is a yearly event that raises awareness around depression by providing free and anonymous screening for depression through a short online questionnaire. The test does not offer a diagnosis, but points out to participants the presence or absence of depressive symptoms and offers a referral for further evaluation, as necessary.
National Depression Screening Day allows us to assess the need of our community and refer those who are struggling to seek help. Depression is treatable and treating depression not only helps individuals but our community at large: healthcare costs are reduced, workplaces are more productive, and families are healthier.
On Thursday, October 10 the National Depression Screening Day test link will open on our webpage for anyone to take the online test. The National Depression Screening Day test takes approximately five minutes to complete and each individual will be provided with immediate results. The test is only available on October 10th.