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Help Yourself, Help Others: Get Screened for National Depression Screening Day

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Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness. In addition to affecting your everyday life, depression can impair your abilities on the job search or at work. Unfortunately, stigma and lack of awareness make it hard for many people to seek help.

That’s why October 9th is National Depression Screening Day (NDSD). Organizations across the country will participate in NDSD, which is a part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Talking about mental health issues like depression reduces stigma and increases awareness of help that is available for people who need it.

Thousands of organizations nationwide host a NDSD event each year. The organizations, from hospitals and community organizations to government organizations and military installations, provide information about mood and anxiety disorders and offer screenings—in-person or online—to their community. After completing a screening, those who receive a positive score are given referral information to local agencies that offer further evaluation and treatment if needed.

Raising awareness of depression symptoms and spreading access to free screenings can help at-risk individuals find the mental health help they may need. Locate a screening site near you, or take a free, anonymous screening online.

Get screened today and spread the word. Stay informed about your mental health to feel your best at home, and be your best at work.

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andrea says:
October 10, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Thank you for this site. My daughter suffers from depression and I had a hard time understanding the illness. My fear is that she will take her life someday.  She is so strong and works very hard at coping .  I will share this site with her.  She is very proactive she may have already been here. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Harrisburg Pa,  ABW Productions is presenting a Fashion Show Fundraiser that benefits programs that support families suffering from Domestic Violence and/or Mental Illnesses. I would like to share your site with our attendees. 

Thank you again


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
October 11, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Hi Andrea, there are many ways for your daughter to get help, and for you to learn how to help her as well. You can use the "Treatment Locator" box on the right side of this page to look for services in your area: You can also call the SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727) to get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. We’re glad you find the site helpful and are willing to share it with others!

Dawn says:
October 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Please send me info on subject and others regarding Social Security through the US Post Office.  Thank You.

Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
October 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Hi Dawn, glad to hear you are interested in Social Security disability benefits! You may be able to request program mailings through Social Security directly. Contact them by going to your local Social Security office (, calling 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), or mailing them a note ( You can also learn more about the Ticket to Work Program by calling our Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 / 866-833-2967 (TTY). A representative can answer your personal questions and help direct you to next steps. We hope this helps!

Krystalon says:
October 26, 2014 at 3:39 AM

I think that the Ticket To Work program is  great idea! However...I wish that there would be a way for those of us whom have disabilities could work full-time..., as everybody else does! I feel that there are some of us who have a disability who tend to feel inferior toward those who are able to work full-time! Because, those of us with disabilities are not able to work above minimum wage...they are literally not able to  be secure financially...,they are not able to work at their desired jobs...


Why is it...that those of us who are disabled cannot work full-time? Why can't those of us...who are disabled work above minimum wage? Why is it...that those of us, with disabilities cannot have to the careers of our dreams? Why is it...that those of us with disabilities are having to struggle all the more than those without disabilities? Why can't  the disabled be just as fortunate as those without disabilities?

In a way...I feel deprived...because I have a disability which has effected me academically and financially! I've not been able to succeed academically due to an inability of comprehension skills...and, it's all because I happen to suffer from a mental disorder!

Living with a mental illness has pretty much deprived me from being able to persue my dream of becoming a fashion designer...,I've not been able to obtain an Associates' Degree due to these far, living with a mental illness has really effected me in a very unpleasant way!

I've not been able to obtain a relationship...due to fear of getting hurt, abused, or treated as less-than, or second best...,I've endured cynicism, criticism, skepticism, and sarcasm. I've endure a lot more of taunting...teasing...and a great deal of ridicule during the earlier part of my life. And, it was all influenced by psychological issues! All hardship was influenced by the schizophrenia, manly! Those...with mental disorders tend to suffer hardships, all the more, due to psychological issues! It effects friendships, courtships, marriages...,love lives...relationships with family members, parents, siblings, even animals!

Living with a mental illness has really effected me...,and...that is pretty much why I don't have such a great IQ when it comes to learning. I wish that I could've at least have had about a higher IQ, but...I don't!'s effected my self-esteem. I've not been able to esteem myself any higher. My ego has always been very small. The only good thing about having a mental disorder is it's kept me from egotism! I've never had an ego adjustment...,it's kept me humble, a great deal. Having shortcomings has kept me abased, and that's a good thing!  



Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
November 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Hi Krystalon, that is a great question! Social Security lets you stay in charge of your vocational goal (whether your want to work part-time or full-time). It is important to speak with your local Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) project to find out how to take advantage of all of those work incentives for the programs you are on.

To find a WIPA near you, please call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD), or by using our Find Help tool at We hope this helps!