National Depression Awareness Month

National Depression Awareness Month is in October, but it is critical that we all talk openly about it all year. It’s an issue that touches so many lives: more than 17 million adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Depression is way more common than people realize. Every day, people around us are struggling with depression, often silently. The disease does not discriminate, and it affects people in different ways. Depression is not always caused by one particular event or one trigger. In honor of National Depression Awareness Month, have a conversation with your loved ones about depression. Do your best to be a support system for those who need it, and let them know you’re there and want to hear about them and their feelings — “normal” or not. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression yourself, know you are not alone. Be an advocate for yourself and speak up, talk with your doctor, lean on your support system and keep an open mind when it comes to your treatment.💚
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