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 5, 2017, 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.

We would like to thank the following sites for their participation in NDSD 2016.

  • A.C.E. Peer Resource Center (10/13) – 547 N. Bradford Street, Seaford, 19973 – 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 – 10:00 to 1:00
  • Christ Our King Parish Health Ministry – 2810 No. Monroe Street, Wilmington, 19802 – 12:00 to 4:00
  • Christiana Care – Wimington – 501 west 14th St., Wilmington, DE  19801 – 10:00 – 3:00
  • Claymont Community Center (10/18) 3301 Green Street, Claymont, 19703 – 9:00 to 1:00
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Dover, 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, 333 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington, 19801 – TBD
  • Dover Behavioral Health – 725 Horsepond Road, Dover, 19901 – 10:00 to 2:00
  • Easter Seals – 22317 duPont Highway, Georgetown, DE  19947 – 9:00 to 1:00
  • Easter Seals- 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle, 19720 – 9:00 to 1:00
  • Goldey Beacom College – 4701 Limestone Road (Thompson Lounge), Wilmington, DE  19808 – 4:00 to 6:00
  • Joseph Patrick Fabber Memorial Foundation – 401 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE  19947 – 9:00 to 6:00
  • La Red Health Center – 21444 Carmean Way, Georgetown, DE  19947 – 9;00 to 4:00
  • Ministry of Caring – Emmanuel Dining Room (10/13) – 121 N. Jackson St., Wilmington, DE  19805 – 7:30 to 8:30 & 12:00 to 1:00
  • Ministry of Caring Job Placement Center – (10/13) – 1100 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington, DE  19805 – 9:00 to 3:00
  • Mobile Crisis Intervention Services – 700 Main Street, Ellendale, 19941 – 8:00 to 5:00
  • Neighborhood House INC. – 1218 B Street, Wilmington, 19801 – 10:00 to 2:00
  • Newark Senior Center (10/7) – 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, 19713 – 10:00 to 1:00
  • SODAT – Delaware INC. – 625 N. Orange Street, Wilmington, 19801 – 10:00 to 2:00

In 2016, we screened 220 people throughout the state and 95 screened positive for Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or PTSD and were referred to treatment.  We want to increase that number for 2017.

If your organization is interested in holding a depression screening at your site on Thursday, October 5th, 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!