By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

These are certainly challenging times. Stress and depression with most people is on the rise not just nationally, but globally. We all experience varying degrees of depression. Brining and sharing awareness is key to controlling it before it gets out of control.

October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. This observance works to bring awareness to the need for depression awareness and the need for accessible and affordable mental health screenings. A number of different factors can often come into play with depression that can include a mix of environmental, genetic, psychological, and biological /biochemical components.

Not everyone experiences depression in the same way, but it can affect anyone at any time. So, it is important to take that next step and seek out professional help and be screened if you or someone you care about feels they may be depressed. Depression is a highly treatable condition with many different options available, but a professional should be sought out to help determine the best course of action for every individual that is suffering from it.


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