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Depression & anxiety risk screening: history

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Many people don’t get help for depression because they're worried about what others might think or they don’t know where to go for help. Know that you’re not alone. Chances are you’re not the only one in your family, circle of friends or community who is at-risk for or has depression. Depression is often not discussed in the African American community. Finding out if you're at risk is an important first step in being healthy. Getting help is the next step. Here are some resources:

  • National Medical Association (NMA) Physician Locator: Find an African-American doctor near you.
  • Association of Black Psychologists (ABPSI): Find a culturally informed, black psychologist near you.
  • NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Call 800-950-6264 or visit NAMI online for support groups and information.
  • Ourselves Black: This online community seeks to empower the Black community by promoting mental health and well-being. Find information about mental health issues, view articles and videos, join a conversation or read about others’ experiences in this forum. Find resources for you, your family and members of your community.
  • County mental health department or a department of behavioral health: These organizations provide services and referrals to people of all ages to support their emotional well-being. Find programs in your county.
  • Check with your health plan for referrals to licensed counselors as needed.
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are often offered by large employers. This program provides access to many services including in-person counseling sessions. Check with Human Resources at your work to learn more.
  • There are online support groups for people with depression and other emotional disorders. Visit www.dbsalliance.org and search “support groups” for options in your area.
  • Mental Health America: This organization offers mental health support and recovery.
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