The effects of major depression are far reaching, but most of those who are afflicted suffer in secret and silence. According Healthline.com, one in 10 Americans has symptoms of clinical depression, but over 80 percent of those are not receiving treatment. Oklahoma is listed as one of the seven states with the highest rates of depression. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance reports that depression is one of the top three workplace issues.
A national initiative to educate people about depression began 25 years ago with the creation of National Depression Awareness Day. Mental health professionals in Oklahoma County have partnered with Metro Library to get this information to the public on Thursday, Oct. 8. Mental health professionals from Integris Mental Health and Oklahoma City/County Mental Health will spend the day at several Metro Library locations from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. answering questions and sharing information about a free, anonymous online screening tool.
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training workshops will be offered at the same library locations at 7 p.m. QPR is an intervention method and first response suicide prevention tool that helps individuals recognize the signs of a person in crisis and save lives.
Learn more about depression screening, suicide prevention and QPR at these libraries Oct. 8. Please register online or call to attend QPR training.
Mental Health professionals are available from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. and QPR Training is available at 7 p.m. at 5 different library locations.
Visit http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/integris to take a free, anonymous online depression screening.