Partners in Health & Wellbeing is Participating in National Depression Day by Offering Free Mental Health Assessments in Milton and Newark, Delaware
For immediate release: 10/3/17
Wilmington, DE – October 3, 2017 – In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, our community has the opportunity to build awareness, fight stigma, and educate the public about the importance of mental health.
On Thursday, October 5, organizations will acknowledge National Depression Screening Day by offering free, anonymous questionnaires that can help identify potential signs of depression. This year, Partners in Health and Wellbeing will team up with Mental Health Association of Delaware in participation of National Depression Screening Day.
Clinical social worker Emily Camera MSW and social worker intern Jen Curley will provide free mental health assessment screenings at the practice’s Milton and Newark locations. Curley spoke about the importance of National Depression Screening Day, saying, “It’s a chance to shed light and bring attention to mental health. Sadly, there’s still a stigma in our society with seeking mental health care, and I’m hoping that awareness events like this can help combat that.”
The questionnaire will screen for not only depression, but also mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Those who take a mental health assessment will be given a brief instruction along with a questionnaire that takes only a few minutes to fill out. After the questionnaire is complete, the therapist will discuss the outcome with the individual in private. The therapist will talk about the person’s needs based on their results, as well as provide information and guidance with seeking help.
For anyone who feels depressed but is hesitant to take a mental health screening, Curley says, “Taking an assessment doesn’t require a person to take any action they’re not ready to take. It does, however, give them the information they need for when they are ready to seek help.” She also commented, “The screening is anonymous, and hopefully the experience of taking this assessment will help people feel more comfortable about discussing their mental health.”
With the goal of offering support, Curley says, “Therapists can really help people who suffer from mental illness.” She stressed that no person should suffer alone, and added, “those individuals have to take the first step, and this mental health assessment is a great place to start with getting help.”
See the full list of sites in Delaware participating in National Depression Screening Day here.
Partners in Health and Wellbeing