Free online depression screening available during Mental Illness Awareness Week

Calgary , Tuesday, October 2, 2018

You can take a free, anonymous depression-screening test online during Mental Illness Awareness Week October 1-7, thanks to Calgary Counselling Centre and partners like Bell Let’s Talk.

Organizers expect demand for the short test will peak on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, October 4.

Depression is the most treatable of all mental health issues. However, only half of those affected seek help for a variety of reasons including the stigma our society associates with mental illness.

The anonymous test, available in both English and French, is a tool to elevate awareness of depression, help assess community needs and encourage those who are struggling with depression to seek help.

Taking less than 5 minutes to complete, the online test offers individuals the opportunity to recognize depressive symptoms with complete anonymity from any computer or mobile device.

Part of Calgary Counselling Centre’s work to raise awareness of mental health issues and encourage those who need it to get help, the screening does not attempt to offer a diagnosis. Instead it points out to participants the presence or absence of depressive symptoms and offers a recommendation for further evaluation if needed.

Try it yourself for free from October 1-7 by visiting www.test4depression.com.