Let’s Talk About Depression

Americans died by suicide in 2021 (CDC)
number of US adults who suffered at least one major depressive episode in 2021 (SAMHSA)
number of US adolescents who suffered at least one major depressive episode in 2021 (SAMHSA)

National Depression Screening Day is Oct. 5

Health screenings are a necessary and important part of looking out for our wellbeing. But for too many people, that doesn’t include mental health screenings. Oct. 6 is  National Depression Screening Day, a time set aside to remind everyone of the importance of addressing your mental health as much as your physical health. 

More than 16 million Americans are affected by major mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all that’s happening in the world today – ongoing pandemic concerns, rising levels of gun violence, centuries of systemic racism and economic disparities, and much more – remember, it’s OK to not be OK. You’re not alone.

The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities (DBHIDS) is here to help. 

On Oct. 6 – and beyond – please use the tools shared below to take the first steps toward caring for yourself.

Check the calendar for upcoming
in-person screening events.

Give yourself a
check-up from the neck up online now.

These are the types of questions people face every day. But the symptoms of depression can look different for everyone. Take a free, anonymous screening now to help get started finding answers to your questions.

What is the difference between sadness and depression?

Feeling sad does not last as long as depression. In depression, you might also experience things like not feeling hungry or feeling hungrier than usual. You may also be sleeping a lot or not enough, and feeling hopeless. Hopelessness feels like the things that you used to enjoy are no longer fun. These feelings are different from normal sadness when they last for long periods of time – from a couple of weeks to many months. 

Depression screenings ask a lot of questions. Learn more.