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National Depression Screening Day

Release Date: October 7, 2021

October 7 is National Depression Screening Day. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, with an estimated 17.3 million adults experiencing a major depressive episode each year. For some individuals, major depression can result in severe impairments that can interfere or limit your ability to carry out major life activities.

Depression screenings, also called depression tests, provide a quick and easy way to determine if you might be suffering from depression. Consider taking an online depression screening or contact your primary care provider or Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for help.

Mental Illness and Depression

Mental illnesses like depression are common in the United States, with nearly one in five U.S. adults living with some form of mental illness. Mental illness is real, and recovery is possible – don’t let fear or stigma get in the way of getting the help you need. Good mental health can improve your feeling of well-being and inner strength to help you enjoy life and cope with challenges.

To learn more about depression and other common mental illnesses, including symptoms, warning signs, and resources, visit MentalHealth.gov. Help is available if you or someone you care about is suffering and needs support.

Your Employee Assistance Program Can Help

Your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a good resource for initial questions or concerns about your mental health or the mental health of someone you care about. EAP assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, contact your Component EAP or worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 10/07/2021
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