National Depression Screening Day: free online screenings available

Local Health Alert

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Friday is National Depression Screening Day.

Experts say 300 million people worldwide are living with depression. More than 16 million Americans are affected by major depressive disorder, which is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.

But many people suffer in silence, unsure how to get help or afraid of the stigma surrounding mental health.

The Director of Behavioral Health at Saint Francis Healthcare says depression is more than just feeling down.

“People at various times in their lives will deal with different types of depression throughout their lifetime. But we are talking about a depressive episode that may last longer than two weeks,” said Jason McCown.

St. Francis (HERE) and Mental Health America of the Mid-South (HERE) provide free screenings online.

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