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October is National Depression Awareness Month

Peoria - October is National Depression Awareness Month. 

The month is dedicated to brining awayness to a condition the gets ignored. Approximately two-thirds of people who suffer from depression go undiagnosed or fail to seek care. Often people mistakenly believe their symptoms are just a normal part of life leading to the condition to worsen.

Treatments may include psychotherapy, medications or a combination of both.

Thursday, organizations and communities across the United States observe 'National Depression Screening Day' to educate people about the various signs and symptoms of depression and the availability of free anonymous behavioral health screenings.

If you or someone you know is showing symptoms it is important to contact your local doctor immediately. 

Help is always available at these national lines:  

  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (2433) – Can use in US, U.K., Canada and Singapore

  • Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-999-9999

  • National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • National Adolescent Suicide Helpline: 1-800-621-4000

  • NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group: 1-800-826-3632

  • Veterans: 1-877-VET2VET

  • Suicide & Depression Crisis Line – Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999

  • The Trevor Helpline (For homosexuality questions or problems): 1-800-850-8078

  • Teen Helpline: 1-800-400-0900

  • Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis: 1-800-233-4357

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