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October designated Nat'l Depression & Mental Health Screening Month

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Source: Uifa’atali Amata’a Washington D.C. office press release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is highlighting World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10), and National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 8), which coincide with October as National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month.

While the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, October has a different emphasis. In May, the focus is on removing the stigma and recognizing the signs. In October, the educational emphasis is on encouraging screenings and depression awareness, in particular.

 “It’s important to know that depression can be treated, but that treatment starts with a screening for those who think they might be experiencing depression,” said Congresswoman Amata. “Health professionals note that many possible factors can be part of experiencing depression, and people can experience symptoms differently. The message of this month is that no one has to battle depression alone.”

OCTOBER IS ALSO ADHD AWARENESS MONTH

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is present in the lives of 17 million children and adults in the United States. October is a month to bring awareness, seek continued progress, and celebrate the successes of those living with ADHD, including their families, educators, and caretakers.

 “Our American Samoa health professionals just held a mental health summit, and no one should delay in learning more about their depression, ADHD, or other health challenges, so they can best take care of themselves for the sake of their family and future,” concluded Aumua Amata.