While the immediate fears, uncertainty, and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic have practically disappeared, the mental health crisis sparked by these issues have not been so easily erased. Moreover, the number of people who need mental and behavioral health services continues to surge.
October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month. The goal of this designation is to encourage universal health literacy regarding the signs and symptoms of depression and bring awareness to varieties of help and treatments available. But most importantly, the designation was created to highlight the need for more accessible and affordable mental health screenings.