CAPS Supports 25th National Depression Screening Day (October 8th)
Please join us in raising awareness about depression by participating in the National Depression Screening.
College is always an emotionally charged time. It’s four years of self-development, from deciding your major to finding your home away from home. Some days you could feel unstoppable- you get a great grade on a paper, the cafeteria has your favorite meal, and you got a full night’s rest. Other days, you bomb an exam, the coffee machine is broken, and your roommates kept you up all night. For some, it’s hard to pick yourself up after a bad day, to quiet the voice in your head kicking you when you’re down, saying, “if only you studied more..” or “I’ll never be successful this semester.” It’s hard to keep your head up in the face of defeat, to keep on when the course gets tough but know it takes more than just dedication it also take proper mental health.
National Depression Screening day is October 8th, a good time to take advantage of Wayne State's online mental health screening programs. Taking this free, anonymous screening can help you or a friend recognize signs of depression and provide avenues to productively treat depression early on. Please take a few minutes and go to http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/wayne-state-university to start living better.
Why is it important to screen for depression? Here are the facts:
- Up to 80 percent of those treated for depression show an improvement in their symptoms generally within four to six weeks of beginning treatment. (NIH)
- According to the World Health Organization, depression is projected to become the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease by 2020
- Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. (WHO)
- One in five 18 to 25 year olds experienced a mental illness in the past year
- An Estimated 1 in 10 U.S. Adults Report Depression (CDC)
- Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44. (World Health Organization, 2004)