NORFOLK, NE – The Northeast Community College Counseling Services Office and Midtown Health Center will host an event next week to increase awareness of depression, mood disorders and provide its students and the community with anonymous mental health screenings.
The educational event, which is open to the public, will be held on Thursday, October 10, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in Hawks Point on the campus of Northeast Community College, 801 E. Benjamin Ave. It is being held as part of National Depression Screening Day, which serves as a supportive community initiative to connect the public with behavioral health screenings, help teach individuals signs of depression, and connect those in need with nearby resources where they can get potentially life-saving support.
Depression affects an estimated 17 million adults in the U.S. during any given year. Of the 300,000 suicides reported each year, about two-thirds are attributed to depression. But the good news is that depression is treatable and help is available. In fact, about 80 percent of those who get appropriate help for depression see an improvement in symptoms within four to six weeks. The sooner someone seeks help for their behavioral health, typically the easier their recovery is.
“Our National Depression Screening Day event provides students with information on depression and other mood disorders, helps them understand why early intervention is important, and connects them with resources for how and where to seek care,” said Stephanie Brundieck, LCSW counselor at Northeast.
The online screenings are educational in nature and not diagnostic. They will help someone determine if they are exhibiting symptoms associated with depression or other behavioral health conditions and if they should seek help.