Support and resources can help those affected by mental illness

In a given year, about one in four adults experience a mental health disorder. One such mental health disorder, major depressive disorder, also known as depression, is estimated to affect approximately 14 million American adults and is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. For individuals diagnosed with depression, there are support and resources, along with tools to help people have an open and honest conversation with their doctor about their condition.

Recognized every May, National Mental Health Month encourages awareness of mental and emotional health and seeks to increase the public’s understanding of mental health issues. Individuals diagnosed with a mental health disorder have the opportunity to learn about numerous resources to help them manage their illness.

During National Mental Health Month and beyond, one such resource, Take on Depression, is designed to support, educate, and inspire those affected by depression. Sponsored by AstraZeneca, Take on Depression encourages those affected by the symptoms of depression to talk with their doctor about creating a treatment plan.

Additionally, various advocacy organizations host events highlighting mental health issues affecting individuals throughout local communities. National Mental Health Month represents an opportunity to educate others as well as build awareness around support and resources, which can be a valuable tool to help manage living with mental illnesses such as depression.

Unlike normal instances of sadness, loss, or passing mood states, depression is persistent and can interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, activity, and physical health. Some people with depression will experience just one episode, but more often will experience more than one and have the disorder throughout their lives. provides valuable information and resources for people who may still experience symptoms of depression, including a mood and goal tracking diary, a list of questions to ask your doctor, medication inventory list, health care team appointment schedules, and prescription refill lists.

To learn more about Take on Depression and access helpful resources, visit Additionally, visit the Take on Depression Facebook page for helpful tips and inspiration to help manage depression.

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