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It's something that affects 15 million Americans in
any given year .
but is still often pushed to the sidelines.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill is here to tell us how local
groups are bringing depression to the forefront today.
It's mental health awareness week .
and communities around the nation are holding free
depression screening days to give adults a chance
to check in with their mental health.
Gundersen Health system teamed up with the Dahl family
YMCA to offer free screenings for adults this afternoon.
This year, the theme of the day is an important one:
Filling out one simple page ...
It's pretty brief, front and back page, 10 minutes
to fill it out.
can be the first step in saving a life.
So many people are living with depression.
Some of the statistics surrounding depression and
suicide are startling.
40 thousand people kill themselves every year, it's
the 2nd leading cause of children 11-18, second leading
cause of death, and 70 percent who do commit suicide
have left a trail of clues that this is what they
are about to do.
That's why officials say thoughts of mental health
shouldn't just live in our heads .
but should be talked about openly.
It's very common and not everybody knows how to see
the signs of it unfortunately, unlike like physical
illnesses like flu there is still stigma that remains.
Free depression screenings at the Y invite people
in to learn the warning signs.
NAT: a big red flag for depression are thoughts of
hopelessness, thoughts about dying
This is not a diagnosis, we're not doing therapy or
anything like that, it's just like a free blood pressure
It's just a chance for somebody to take a look at
how they're doing.
It can assure people that their symptoms are part
of normal life, or their symptoms because they've
been living with them so long, they think they're
normal, but their symptoms are at significant clinical
levels and they could receive support and care.
After the screening, there are resources for visitors
to figure out where to go next.
This event, and simple piece of paper, is also one
step in breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.
Somewhere along the line we decide that mental health
was this thing that was other.
There is no health without good mental health.
Mental health is just as important as physical health,
in fact i would argue its the same thing.
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What about the people that couldn't make it in for
the free screening today?
They're welcome to contact Sarah Johnson, the mental
health director at the Dahl Family YMCA, and she says
she's happy to help people figure out where to go