A person who has never experienced clinical depression may have a hard time believing it can incapacitate someone or prevent them from functioning up to their potential. It is difficult to imagine why someone “can’t” do ordinary, simple activities. Even a depressed person may have a hard time accepting when a mood has the upper hand.
October is Depression Awareness Month, which brings attention to the symptoms of this mood disorder, its reach and resources that are available to help. The idea is to increase understanding of depression in order to create a more accepting attitude about it from the general public.
The statistics on depression make it clear that awareness is needed. For example, the fourth leading cause of death among people 18-25 is suicide. Why is it that so many young adults suffer with depression and only an estimated 44 percent of them seek help?
The above statistics are made more tragic by the fact that depression is very treatable. For those with severe depression, a combination of therapy and medication is usually effective.
In the workplace, many people with depressive symptoms suffer in silence. They are often afraid their bosses will find out. Especially now, with high unemployment, people worry about being passed-over for promotions, considered a liability or getting laid-off.
How to Help
Two organizations, Help for Depression and To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), have teamed up to raise money for depression awareness. They hope to raise $15,000 – and you can help make that happen! Just click the “Like” button on Help for Depression’s Facebook page between now and October 15th. Each new “Like” raises one dollar toward our goal. It takes only a few seconds and can do so much good!
This is an easy and cost-free way to make a difference. With your assistance, Help for Depression and TWLOHA will have the means to educate people about depression. The hope is that eventually depression suffers will be able to ask for help without being stigmatized or unfairly treated. Please go to the Help for Depression’s Facebook page to make a cost-free contribution.
More Reasons to Help
Each year in the U.S., there are eleven deaths by suicide for every 100,000 people. The risk is higher for those over 65. Among seniors, the suicide rate is fifteen deaths per 100,000. Symptoms in the elderly can be dismissed as “old age” behavior and many seniors with depression go undiagnosed. Families and health care professionals need more awareness about this issue. It affects all of us; eventually.
Spreading awareness about depression is also a way to support our Veterans and military members. A survey conducted three years ago revealed that 10 percent of U.S. Veterans, aged 21-29, had one or more episodes of this mood disorder the previous year. Our service men and women deserve stigma-free, easy to access treatment for depressive symptoms.
It is possible that if current trends continue, by 2020 one in four people will experience depression. Stripping depression of its stigma is critical. Remember, you can help make this happen. Please go to Help for Depression’s Facebook page and click the “Like” button. Your effort is truly appreciated.