October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month. Depression is a very common condition affecting more than 20 million adults in the United States each year. Depression is treatable and beatable! If you or someone you know is in a crisis, seek help immediately: (1) call 911; (2) visit the emergency room or speak to a healthcare provider; or (3) call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to speak with a trained counselor-- this is a 24-hour toll-free hotline provided by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Screening tools, tips and more information about depression can be found at the following websites: (1) Militarymentalhealth at www.militarymentalhealth.org, (2) Help Yourself.Help Others at www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org, (3) Screening for Mental Health at www.mentalhealthscreening.org, (4) U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at
www.cdc.gov/Features/Depression/ and (5) the Helpguide at www.helpguide.org.
For more support resources for servicemembers and families, visit the Military.com Family Center.