National Depression Screening Day

National Depression Screening Day is designed to call attention to the illness of depression on a national level and designed to educate the public about symptoms and effective treatment, to offer individuals the opportunity to be screened for depression and to connect those in need to the mental health care system in Delaware.  During the week of October 11, 2018, many organizations will participate with MHA in providing quick, anonymous screenings in various locations throughout the state.  These screenings are often the first step for individuals with depression in getting help.

Like other health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes, many people with depression are not aware of their illness.  Like other health screenings, depression screenings are not a professional evaluation, but are a quick and easy way to spot some of the early signs of trouble.  Clinical Depression is a common medical illness affecting more than 15 million American adults each year.  Over 84,000 Delawareans reported experiencing serious psychological distress in the past year, with depression being among that distress.

It is very important for people to understand the connection of mental health to physical health and overall well-being.  An initiative such as National Depression Screening Day works to provide Delawareans options if they are reluctant to seek help and it also establishes prevention and early intervention.

The following are sites that are participating in NDSD 2018.

  • A.C.E. Peer Resource Center (10/16) – 547 N. Bradford Street, Seaford, 19973 – 9:00 to 3:00
    • 20707 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, 19947 – 9:00 to 3:00
  • AIDS Delaware – 100 West 10th Street, Suite 315, Wilmington, 19801 – 9:00 to 4:30
  • Beautiful Gate Outreach – 604 Walnut Street, Wilmington, 19801 – TBD
  • Brandywine Community Church – 2200 Market St., Wilmington,  19802 – 10:00 20 2:00
  • Career Team – 964 Justison St., Wilmington, 19801 – TBD
  • Christiana Care – Wimington – 501 west 14th St., Wilmington, DE  19801 – TBD
  • Claymore Senior Center (10/4) – 504 S. Clayton St., Wilmington, 19805 – 10:00 to 1:00
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Dover (10/9), 100 Campus Drive, Dover, 19904 – 11:30 to 1:30
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Stanton, 400 Stanton Road, Newark, 19713 – TBD
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Wilmington (10/10), 333 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington, 19801 – 9:30 TO 12:30
  • Dover Behavioral Health – 725 Horsepond Road, Dover, 19901 – 9:00 TO 12:00
  • Easter Seals – 22317 duPont Highway, Georgetown, DE  19947 – 9:00 to 1:00
  • Easter Seals- 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle, 19720 – 10:00 TO 2:00
  • Goldey Beacom College – 4701 Limestone Road (Thompson Lounge), Wilmington, DE  19808 – 3:30 TO 6:30
  • Joseph Patrick Fabber Memorial Foundation (10/1 – 31) – 401 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE  19947 – 9:00 to 7:00
  • La Red Health Center – 21444 Carmean Way, Georgetown, DE  19947 – 9;00 to 3:00
  • Ministry of Caring – Emmanuel Dining Room (10/11) – 121 N. Jackson St., Wilmington, DE  19805 – 7:30 to 8:30 & 12:00 to 1:00
  • Ministry of Caring Hope House I –  1103 W. 8th St., Wilmington – TBD
  • Ministry of Caring Hope House II – 121 N. Jackson St., Wilmington – TBD
  • Ministry of Caring Hope House III – 
  • Mobile Crisis Intervention Services – 700 Main Street, Ellendale, 19941 – 8:00 to 12:00
  • Mobile Crisis Unit – Northern DE – 1901 N. DuPOnt Hwyl, New Catle,  19720 – 10 to 2:00
  • Neighborhood House INC. – 1218 B Street, Wilmington, 19801 – 10:00 to 2:00
  • New Castle Senior Center (10/17) – 400 South St., New Castle, 19720 9:00 to 1:00
  • Newark Senior Center (10/7) – 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, 19713 – 10:00 to 1:00
  • Partners in Health & WellBeing – 260 Chapman Road, Suite 100-13, Newark – 12:00 to 4:00
  • Rosehill Community Center (10/18) – 19 Lambson Lane, New Castle, 19720 – 9:00 to 1:00
  • St. Anthony’s Community Center – Senior Center (10/16) – 1703 W. 10th St., Wilmington, 11:30 – 2:30
  • SODAT – Delaware INC. – 625 N. Orange Street, Wilmington, 19801 – 10:00 to 2:00

In 2017, we screened 310 people throughout the state and 163 screened positive for Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or PTSD and were referred to treatment.  We want to increase that number for 2018.

If your organization is interested in holding a depression screening at your site on Thursday, October 11th, please contact our office at (302)654-6833 or e-mail Elizabeth [email protected]@mhainde.org. 

A huge thank you to all of those who are contributing their time and effort!