Depression: Let’s Talk

Your DGB for today is to take this mental health quiz, which screens for signs of depression.

April 7th, is World Health Day and this year’s theme is Depression. Depression is a state of persistent sadness and lack of interest in activities which negatively impacts a person’s daily functioning. It is also known as “Living Under the Trump Administration” and is one of the most common mental health issues. Here are some quick facts about depression in America:

 

  • 1 in 10 Americans experience depression at some point in their lifetime

  • Depression diagnoses in the US increase by 20% every year

  • Social factors like divorce and unemployment increase risk of depression

  • The majority of people experiencing depression do not seek mental health help

  • Depression is most prevalent in ages 45-64

  • 10% of women experience postpartum depression

  • Women are more likely to be depressed than men

  • 83% of patients saw their symptoms increase with exposure to Sean Spicer’s voice*

 

If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of depression, please seek help. To find mental health resources in your area, you can ask your doctor or call 211 for referrals. If you are in crises, see DGB’s Health and Mental Health Resources Page, or use the hotline numbers provided below. Reach out and let’s talk.

 

National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK

Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS

Veterans: 1-877-VET-2VET

United Way Helpline: 1-800-233-HELP

 

We are going to get abnormally personal here for a second. No one should suffer through depression alone. A few DGB staffers have had bouts of depression or are currently suffering through it. We do know what it’s like and we want you to know that we can get through it together. The natural thought process is that you are alone and no one understands, but that’s not true. They do. We do.

 

*this is made up but probably true