According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, nearly two-thirds of those suffering from depression do not seek help, but the NDSD survey suggests that confidential online screenings, which are highly accessible and non-threatening to users, may help improve these statistics.
Moreover, 55 percent of those who initially scored "Very Likely for Depression"--the highest possible score range in the NDSD screening--were no longer in that range at the time of follow-up, and 46 percent of those who initially scored "Likely for Depression" were in the "Unlikely for Depression" range at follow-up.
professor and director of the Institute for Public Health Research at the University of Connecticut Health Center, who conducted the NDSD study "They support further development of these highly accessible and low-cost approaches to mental health intervention.
According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, nearly two thirds of people suffering from depression do not seek help, but the NDSD survey suggests that confidential online screenings, which are highly accessible and nonthreatening to users, may help to improve these statistics.
The goal of NDSD is to reach that portion of the population with depression who are not seeking help," said Jacobs.
Components of NDSD include both online and in-person screening tools, both of which are available for a fee.
For more information about NDSD, visit <mentalhealth screening.
All participating organizations may have their event posted on the NDSD
Event Locator page--ideal for promoting an event or online screening to the public.
NDSD was created in 1991 through support from the American Psychiatric Association.
On NDSD, people can visit registered sites and attend free educational presentations, pick up detailed information on mental health disorders, and answer brief, anonymous questionnaires on depression and manic depression.