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San Diego County Offers Free Depression Screenings

Aired 10/2/12 on KPBS News.

San Diego County officials are trying to turn around a disturbing statistic: two-thirds of people who suffer from depression don't seek help.

— San Diegans can get free, anonymous screening for depression at more than 20 places throughout the region this week. It's part of the county's campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Lilly Miller suffered from crippling depression for years, before she finally sought help. Today, Miller says she feels good.
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Above: Lilly Miller suffered from crippling depression for years, before she finally sought help. Today, Miller says she feels good.

Health officials say some 19 million Americans suffer from depression. But whether it's due to stigma or other issues, about two-thirds of those affected don't seek help.

San Diegan Lilly Miller finally got treatment after being severely depressed for years.

"Oh, it's 100 percent different," she said. "I was just in a darkness, you know, a hole that I just couldn't get out of. Now I can see light. I'm independent now, I can do things for myself, I'm not always listless and with no energy, and everything like that."

Trained mental health volunteers are performing depression screenings at nearly two dozen locations countywide this week. Immediate help and referrals to treatment are available.

Counselors are also available around the clock seven days a week at the county's Crisis Hotline: (888) 724-7240.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | October 1, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. ― 1 year, 9 months ago

I get depressed every time I think about the uber-incompetent and virulently partisan County Board of Supervisors.

They got any treatment for THAT??

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familyaware | October 2, 2012 at 7:29 a.m. ― 1 year, 9 months ago

On the subject of identifying and addressing depression, the nonprofit organization Families for Depression Awareness has two upcoming free webinars, one on teen depression on 10/18 at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific and another on coping with stress and depression on 11/7 at 7pm Eastern/3pm Pacific. The teen depression webinar covers depressive disorders and how to deal with related issues that arise during the teenage years, and is designed for parents, school staff, and youth workers. The stress and depression webinar for adults addresses how to recognize and manage stress, understand anxiety and depression, and get help. You can learn more and register for these free programs at http://www.familyaware.org/trainings.html.

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