This observance works to bring awareness to the need for depression awareness and the need for accessible and affordable mental health screenings. A number of different factors can often come into play with depression that can include a mix of environmental, genetic, psychological, and biological /biochemical components. Not everyone experiences depression in the same way, but it can affect anyone at any time.
Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year.
Why Screen For Depression?
Clinical depression is a serious medical illness.
Clinical depression can lead to suicide.
Sometimes people with depression mistakenly believe that the symptoms of depression are a “normal part of life.”
Clinical depression affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups.
Only about a third (35.3%) of those suffering from severe depression seek treatment from a mental health professional. 
Depression can co-occur and complicate other medical conditions.
Screenings are often the first step in getting help.
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
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