Mental Health AmericaNext week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and October 11 is designated as National Depression Screening Day. This annual designation is designed to promote awareness of depression as a major health problem in the U.S. and to promote screening for the illness.

Depression often masks itself as physical health problems, acting out behavior, over-use of alcohol, and other problems. As a leading cause of death by suicide and a contributing factor in major health problems, depression is a condition about which each affected individual needs to be aware. The reason is simple: depression is treatable.

Each year over half a million people are screened in connection with National Depression Screening Day. If you believe that you or someone you love may be affected by depression, contact your nearest mental health center or crisis line to obtain further information.

Mental Health America offers helpful information on depression screening at:

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