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National Depression screening day: Oct. 7.

Screening for Mental Health invites mental health counselors to help end the stigma associated with mental illness by participating in the 20th National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), which will be held this year on Oct. 7.

New research supports the use of confidential depression screenings, which are highly accessible and non-threatening to users. Results from a 2009 independent study, conducted by the University of Connecticut and commissioned by Screening for Mental Health, found that confidential screenings do help get people into treatment. The study showed that 55 percent of participants who completed a depression screening online sought treatment within three months of the screening.

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NDSD is designed to complement or supplement existing educational outreach, or to serve as a stand-alone event. To register for NDSD, either download the registration form <mentalhealth screening.org/downloads/ Sites/Docs/NDSD/NDSD_ Online_Registration_2010.pdf> or register online if you are able to pay by credit card at <register.mentalhealthscreening. org/Intro.aspx?MEID=22>.

All participating organizations may have their event posted on the NDSD Event Locator page--ideal for promoting an event or online screening to the public.

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Title Annotation:Noteworthy
Publication:The Advocate (American Mental Health Counselors Association)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2010
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