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Fact Sheet: National Depression Screening Day® October 5, 2017

Material Supported by our Screening Partners: Screen for Mental Health Inc.


WHAT: National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), founded by Screen for Mental Health Inc. (SMH), held annually on the Thursday of the first full week in October, is dedicated to raising awareness and screening people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. NDSD is the nation’s oldest voluntary, community-based screening program that gives access to validated screening questionnaires and provides referral information for treatment.

SMH’s 2017 theme, Speaking Your Mind, focuses on talking about your experience with mental health. Whether you tell one person, talk to a doctor or mental health professional or become an advocate for mental health awareness, it’s important to share your story to help yourself and help others. You can help support the campaign by using the hashtags #NDSD and #SpeakYourMind. Please join us this National Depression Screening Day and help us spread the word to increase awareness of mental health.

 

WHERE: NDSD takes place nationwide. Individuals can locate a mental health screening site if they are not in the Roaring Fork Valley or take an online screening through Aspen Strong.

 

WHEN: NDSD is October 5, 2018.

 

HOW: Thousands of organizations register to host an NDSD event each year. Aspen Strong will promote a media campaign to support those in the Roaring Fork Valley. After completing a screening, individuals receive referral information to local agencies in our community that offer further evaluation and treatment if needed.

 

WHY: Depression screening is effective in linking at-risk individuals with treatment options. Results from a 2009 independent research study by the University of Connecticut and commissioned by Screening for Mental Health confirm this connection. The study showed that 55% of participants who completed an online depression screening and who agreed to participate in a follow-up survey sought depression treatment within three months of the screening.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NATIONAL DEPRESSION SCREENING DAY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS PLEASE VISIT http://helpyourselfhelpothers.org OR https://mentalhealthscreening.org/

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    "This was a very effective presentation and helped numerous employees connect to local resources and improve their mental hygiene. We will want to do it again," 2018 Workplace Partner

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    "In Aspen we spend so much time talking about and working on our physical and spiritual fitness, but for some reason we completely ignore our mental wellness. Its as if we believe mental illness is reserved for those far removed from us, as if we are too "fit" for that type of thing. I would argue there is a fine and precarious line between mental wellness and illness. It is our duty to all of the parts of ourselves to keep our minds strong. Aspen Strong aims to do just that through ensuring that valley wide there are resources available to each of us that assess and support our mental hygiene, our mental fitness and our mental wellness. We can't be well in our physical and spiritual realms if our mental selves are not part of the equation. We truly are as great as the sum of our parts."

    Lady Fuller, International Gifting Company

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    "Aspen Strong plays an essential role-- increasing awareness of community resources, decreasing stigma, and advocating for the most vulnerable.  Their annual symposium empowers professionals in the community, and their year-round efforts educate and connect people to mental health resources in order to reduce substance abuse, mental health crises, and suicide.  By focusing on mental health hygiene and emotional literacy, as well as supporting the front line professionals, and promoting connections and various resources, Aspen Strong’s commitment to health wellness is inspiring."  

    Tina Payne Bryson, PhD; Co-author of The Yes Brain, and bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline; Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection & The Play Strong Institute

  • Lawrence Altman, CBD Trading & ASF donor.

    I realized younger in life that it was important to help other people any way I could. I have been involved in many causes that I thought were important, but mental health as dominated my interest. My own mental health struggles led me to a wonderful doctor and through him I started the Aspen Mental Health Fund which lead me to an amazing young woman Christina King. Christina brought the Aspen Strong Foundation idea to me. I was so impressed with her incredible energy and determination to make a difference in the world of mental health that it had become my passion as well. I believe we help many people who desperately need it. We are determined to rid people of the stigma of getting help for mental health issues. I am proud to be involved with Aspen Strong!