National Depression Screening Day, held on October 6 this year, helps raise awareness about depression and the importance of getting screened. McLean Hospital is proud to partner again with Mental Health, Inc., to promote mental health screening and help connect people with appropriate resources for getting help.
Visit Screenings for Mental Health for a free, anonymous mental health screening. Along with a standard screening for the general public, the site also offers specialized screenings for the military and their families and for college students. If you’re concerned about your mental health, please take a few minutes to complete one of these online assessments.
This year, we are also focusing on the need for the public to play their part in supporting people at risk for suicide. More than 40,000 people die by suicide in America each year. We, however, can help to prevent these tragic deaths. An estimated 70% of people tell someone that they are planning to take their own life or show some other type of warning sign before they commit suicide.
If you’re concerned about someone close to you, visit stopasuicide.org. This site offers a number of resources to help you spot the warning signs of suicide and provide you with next steps for getting a person at risk the professional help that they need. This includes a helpful acronym developed by Mental Health, Inc.—ACT.
- Acknowledge: Take it seriously, and listen. Recognizing that something is wrong is the first step.
- Care: Take the initiative, and show and/or voice your concern. Showing your support is an important way to help someone who is hurting.
- Treatment: Get professional help immediately. Although support from friends and family is important, getting professional treatment is critical for recovery.
Please help yourself or someone else who may be living with depression. Help is available and treatment works.
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