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National Depression Screening Day

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Oct. 10 is National Depression Screening Day, a day to help call attention to screening opportunities for people with depression and anxiety disorders. Affinity Health System is dedicated to helping raise awareness about depression and other mood disorders and has joined forces with community partners in the Fox Valley to speak out.

According to the World Health Organization, depression affects more than 350 million people worldwide. People with depression may not feel comfortable talking with family, friends or colleagues about how they feel and often hide it from those around them. They may believe they just need to “toughen up” and that depression will go away by itself, but what they really need is to get help or seek treatment.

As part of the community effort to increase awareness about depression, a brief online survey is available for anyone who wants to take it. This short mood survey may help you understand that feelings of sadness or isolation could be an indication of something more serious. Fox Valley resources are listed in the survey so that you may seek front line supportive services to manage your emotional health. If you know someone who may be suffering from depression, reach out and encourage them to take the survey.

To take the Test Your Mood survey, click on the link below.
http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/NEW

Depression is different for everyone, but it can be managed with the right help and support. Learning about the various types of depression, including the associated symptoms and causes, can reduce the misconceptions, guilt and fear that are often associated with the condition. There are a number of different approaches and techniques that may treat and alleviate this type of illness.

For more information about Affinity Health System’s mental health services please visit http://www.affinityhealth.org/Affinity/Services/PsychiatryPsychology or call Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900.

 

About Julia Salomón MS, RD, CD

Julia is the corporate dietitian at Affinity Health System and also a nutrition educator. She works at various sites throughout the organization working with Affinity’s employee wellness program. She earned her Master’s degree in nutrition science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and became a dietitian shortly thereafter. Julia has worked on several nutrition projects abroad as well as domestically. Before joining Affinity Health System in June of 2011, she worked as a college dietitian and later in the school nutrition field. She has earned certificates of training in adult and childhood weight management. Julia has a special interest in nutrition, public health and wellness.

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