Our dedicated team at Nizhoni Health works year round to improve the lives of those who struggle with mental illness, combat the stigma surrounding mental health treatments and provide resources to communities that need them the most.

Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week (also called Mental Illness Awareness Week), which makes this is an opportune time to reflect on the impact that mental illnesses have on our community, to fight the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and to share resources with the people who need them most. One of the most helpful initiatives during the week is National Depression Screening Day.

Here are five things to be aware of during Mental Illness Awareness Week:

1. National Depression Screening Day is Thursday, October 5.

National Depression Screening Day began as an initiative to reach individuals across the nation with important mental health education, connect them with support services and help clinicians catch depression symptoms in a patient before they worsen. Making a depression diagnosis early through screening can also prevent complications someone may have from other medical conditions. National Depression Screening Day takes place on thousands of college campuses, at community-based organizations and in military installations across the country each year.

2. You can conduct a depression screening or mental health screening in the privacy of your own home.

Mental Health America provides a ten-question depression screening you can take anytime, anywhere. This organization also offers tests for eight other mental illnesses.

If you believe you have any symptoms of a mental illness, speak with your Nizhoni Health clinician or another clinician you trust. They will be able to determine the best course of action moving forward. Their guidance can make all the difference!

3. One in five adults in the U.S. will be affected by a mental illness at some point in their lives.

It’s important to remember that mental illnesses are common and you are not alone.

A study by the National Institute of Mental Health reports that mental illness impacts everyone and does not discriminate between gender, age, race or other demographics.

At Nizhoni Health, we’re passionate about understanding our patients’ unique needs and providing the best care and support. It’s crucial to remember that there are countless people and organizations available to help anyone struggling with a mental health condition. Screening for depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses can be a fast and easy process. It’s often the first step to managing and treating a mental illness.

4. Mental health resources are available 24/7.

There are a number of organizations throughout Massachusetts dedicated to providing support for those living with mental illnesses:

5. Mental health support can come from unexpected sources.

At Nizhoni Health we understand that all patients learn and cope in different ways. While some people might find that a conversation is the most beneficial method of treatment, others may be more visual. Did you know that Nizhoni Health has a Pinterest board dedicated to mental health resources? Our goal is to provide resources in all shapes and sizes to make sure everyone can benefit from the tips in them!

If you are concerned for a family member, a loved one or yourself, please reach out to Nizhoni Health for assistance today. To learn more about our services, please visit nizhonihealth.com. Even small steps in the right direction can help!