National Depression Screening Day Set to Kick Off

Today is the first day of Calgary Counselling Centre’s National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) campaign running from Ocobter 5-11.

Calgary Counselling Centre along with the support of several Calgary and area businesses and organizations, are gearing up to launch this year’s National Depression Screening Day (NDSD)campaign October 5 – 11.

National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) is a free public service designed to raise awareness of depression by providing a free and anonymous online screening test.   The test does not offer a diagnosis, but points out to participants the presence or absence of depressive symptoms and offers a referral for further evaluation, as necessary.

“Depression does not discriminate based on age, gender, personality, or economic status and one in five women and one in 10 men will experience depression personally,” says Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO, Calgary Counselling Centre. “Depression is highly treatable, and early detection significantly improves the effectiveness of treatment. The online screening test is an excellent resource for people to learn if they have depressive symptoms so they can begin to address it.”

Babins-Wagner says this year is particularly important for Calgarians to take the test.

“Due to the downturn in the economy, a lot of people are worried about their future and it’s causing a lot of stress and anxiety,” Babins-Wagner says. “The free online test can help those who are affected by the economy through providing some quick feedback as to whether they should seek help.”

The test link opens today on Calgary Counselling Centre’s webpage. The test is free, anonymous and available to anyone and takes less than five minutes to complete. It can also be done from any computer or mobile device.

Calgary Counselling Centre along with its partners are promoting NDSD in various ways. The Calgary Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast on Thursday, October 8th, featuring several speakers who are passionate about raising awareness of mental health. The focus of the event is to open the conversation on how to effectively break down the barriers of mental illness in the workplace. Speakers include:

  • Ian Wild, Executive VP, ATB Corporate Financial Services
  • Dr. Elaine Chin, Chief Wellness Officer, TELUS
  • Mark Massicotte, Chairman, WestJet Pilot Assistance Team

Calgary Counselling Centre is encouraging all Calgarians to take the test because detection significantly improves the effectiveness of treatment. The Centre is also encouraging people to share the test on social media with the Twitter hashtag #NDSD2015.

2014 NDSD Quick Facts

  • 5,448 people took the test from across Canada (mostly Southern Alberta)
  • Female respondents accounted for the largest proportion of responses (65.5%), a trend that is consistent with previous years
  • A quarter of respondents heard about the survey through social media
  • 41% were recommended for further evaluation of depressive symptoms and 15% were strongly recommended for evaluation symptoms and 15% were strongly recommended for evaluation
  • 25% of participants strongly recommended for evaluation had 25% of participants strongly recommended for evaluation had previously tried to commit suicide

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