[ Correction: National Depression Screening Day was listed as October 4th on the health calendar I refer to for health-related holidays. However, I discovered that it is, in fact, being held on October 11th ]
Life is a constantly shifting landscape, and in the course of navigating it, we will all experience good times and bad times, highs and lows. And sometimes things are thrown at us that can knock us for a loop, making us feel more sad than usual. All this is perfectly normal.
However, if the sadness lasts for a long time, if you lose interest in the things that usually make you happy, if your sleeping or eating patterns change dramatically, or if you feel helpless or hopeless, it could be a sign that this is not just normal ups and downs. It could be that you are depressed, and it is time to seek outside support.
Today October 11th is National Depression Screening Day, and free local depression screening events are taking place all over the country. If you, or someone you care about has been feeling down for more than two weeks, it is important to seek help. You can find out where there is a free screening event in your area by visiting the National Depression Screening Day website.