Depression Awareness Month & National Mental Health Awareness Week, October 1-7, 2017

Kathryn Bubrig
Since 1990, the U.S. has recognized the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week. October is also Depression Awareness Month. According to the National Screening for Mental Health Organization (2017):
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States for ages 15-44
  • Depression affects more than 15 million American adults in a given year, while only half of those diagnosed with a major depressive disorder receive treatment
  • Up to 80% who receive treatment for depression show an improvement in symptoms
We are often encouraged by our medical providers, family, and friends to engage in screenings to identify possible health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. It is just as beneficial to participate in screenings to identify mental health issues and follow up with the recommended treatment. Depression is a treatable condition and spreading awareness about ways to get help and that it is OK to get help will help save lives.
The counselors at Mercy College will be offering free depression screenings for students, faculty, and staff. They will also be providing additional information on mental health resources during National Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Wednesday, October 4, 1-5 p.m.
Thursday, October 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(3rd Floor Jefferson Lobby)
Please contact Clair Willrich at or 330-480-2874 to schedule a screening time. 
Online students:
Students unable to attend the screening sessions offered, can follow up with one of the Mercy College Counselors anytime throughout the academic year to complete a free and confidential mental health screening. For more information on scheduling an appointment, please visit the Counseling and Wellness services webpage.

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