National Depression Screening Day

Have you, or someone you know, suffered the pain of depression, or the tragic loss of a loved one to suicide?

While it is not an easy topic to discuss, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year, or one every 40 seconds.

Depression and other diagnosable and treatable brain-based disorders account for more than 90 percent of people who die by suicide. 

In support of National Depression Screening Day on October 9, Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will be holding free depression screenings and distributing mental health information.  Join us at one of two locations, the Duke Bryan Center or the Duke North Cafeteria in the Medical Center, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for a free depression screening.  

Many of those who contemplate suicide tell someone first. Never take these threats lightly. 

It is important to learn and recognize these warning signs:

  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating -- that gets worse
  • Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
  • Talking about suicide or killing one's self

The good news is that effective treatments are available.  If you are unable to stop by one of our tables, you can set up an appointment with a Duke clinician by calling 919-813-6367 .