With mental health conditions among adults on the rise, Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) launched an awareness campaign to educate and inform audiences about depression and the importance of seeking screening.
In fact, among F&CS clients, approximately one out of every two clients, or 56%, are diagnosed with depression. In adults 18 and over, 65% of clients are diagnosed with a depressive disorder. The trend in F&CS clients up to age 17 with a depression diagnosis is even more alarming with an increase of 9% since 2019.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2020 National Survey of Drug Use and Health Releases reports that mental health conditions among adults increased by 19% from 2008 to 2020, including nearly 21 million adults who have depression. And the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), found that 8.4% of adults in the U.S. experienced at least one major depressive episode.
Being aware of the signs of depression and willing to talk about it helps to remove the stigma. Depression does not discriminate. It can affect anyone.
If anyone is experiencing depression, F&CS COPES (Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services) is always available to help. Individuals can call 918.744.4800 at any time.