PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: October is Depression Awareness Month

By Jay Peabody

Do you cry frequently or feel sad for no apparent reason? Does your body feel heavy or do you have unexplained aches and pains? Have you lost interest in those things you once loved to do?

These are common symptoms of depression and can happen to any of us. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year alone. Depression is common and if untreated, the frequency and severity of the symptoms related to this condition tend to increase over time. It can lead to serious impairment in daily functioning and even suicide, which is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.. Many people have experienced or are currently experiencing the symptoms of depression, but are unaware of resources available to help.

October is Depression Awareness Month. During the entire month, Covenant Counseling will be administering free depression screenings to the public. Our trained staff will be utilizing a variety of tools to screen for depression in an effort to bring awareness to the community. This will also provide an opportunity for the citizens of Metropolitan Atlanta to get help that is greatly needed.

Covenant Counseling & Family Resource Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote healing and wholeness in the community through pastoral counseling, psychotherapy, education and consultation.

To make an appointment, please contact Cassandra Greer or Benson Bradley at 770-985-0837 ext 26. You may also email us at info@covenantcounseling.org. We are located at 2219 Scenic Dr. Snellville, Ga. 30078.

Jay Peabody is executive director for the Covenant Counseling and Family Resource Center.

People Helping People is a publication of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services. For more information contact Ellen Gerstein - ellen@gwinnettcoalition.org or at 770-995-3339.