Taking a screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible. But not all of us think about our mental health enough.
Depression is a gripping mental illness that can have a huge impact on a person’s life. From young adults to the elderly and across all races, nearly one in 10 people in the U.S. suffer from depression. Many things can contribute to clinical depression. For some people, a number of factors seem to be involved, while for others a single factor can cause the illness.
Depression is a real and serious condition. It is no different than diabetes or heart disease in its ability to impact someone’s life. It can have both emotional and physical symptoms and make life very difficult for those who have it. No one chooses to be depressed, just like no one chooses to have any other health condition.
Clinical depression is very treatable, with more than 80% of those who seek treatment showing improvement. Screening for depression and other mood disorders allows individuals to identify warning signs early and connect with the appropriate treatment resources. Early recognition and treatment offer the best opportunity for recovery.
“We welcome anyone who has questions about the signs and symptoms of depression to call. We hope that this additional resource will be helpful to those who are interested in maintaining their emotional well-being,” stated Stephanie Mulfinger, Director of Call Center Services for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.”
Complimentary, Confidential Screenings Available
When is a “down day” depression? If you or someone you know may be suffering from depression, it can be helpful to talk about these issues with others. It can be difficult to reach out for help, but it is often the first step to recovery and wellness – and recovery is possible!
Check yourself. This step takes fewer than 5 minutes and can make a big difference. A great place to start is a mental health check-up. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s NJMentalHealthCares Helpline offers free, anonymous online mental health screenings in cooperation with Mental Health America. Self-assessments are available for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD and bipolar disorder, as well as screens for youth and parents. Click here to take a mental health screening. After you complete a screening, you’ll receive customized feedback and be provided a zip code search to locate local assistance in determining next steps. You may even want to print out the results and review them with your healthcare provider.
Who Cares! We Do! The NJMentalHealthCares Helpline staff is available to assist with mental health screenings. The number to call is 1-866-202-HELP (4357) (TTY 1-877-294-4356). The screening only takes a few minutes and provides confidential results and information on where to find treatment.
The New Jersey MentalHealthCares Helpline is funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Assistance is available in many languages. A TTY line is available for the deaf and hearing impaired at (877) 294-4356 Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 8 a.m.